Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
Carrying a new life changes the way you walk, sleep, and move in the world. Throughout this exciting time, physical therapy can help you prevent injury while staying strong and healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.
Pregnancy and Postpartum
Our physical therapists can help you improve your posture, joint alignment, muscle strength, flexibility, and nerve involvement, in order to:
- Prevent short and long term pain associated with pregnancy
- Remain active, flexible, and strong
- Learn how to avoid injury-inducing movements
- Prepare for childbirth by learning different positions to labor and deliver in that are the best for your body
- Rehabilitate and heal after childbirth
- Staying strong and healthy before, during, and after pregnancy.
Are you on pregnancy-related bed rest?
Bed rest can be difficult physically and emotionally. The physical therapists at Life’s Work can help. We offer individualized support to help you take good care of your body and your baby during this time.
Specific services offered for pre/peri/postpartum patients:
- Individualized birthing plans
- Assistive device recommendation and fitting
- Return to intercourse
- Return to running/exercise
- Clogged milk ducts relief
- Caring for baby ergonomics
Diagnoses we treat:
- Low back, hip, and pubic bone pain
- Sacroiliac pain
- Diastasis recti
- Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
- Vaginal/vulvar/rectal pain
- Pain with intercourse/arousal/orgasm
- Pudendal neuralgia
- Episiotomy pain or pain from scar
- Cesarean scar pain
- Stress, urge, and mixed incontinence
- Fecal incontinence
- Urinary retention or incomplete emptying
- Urinary urgency and frequency
- Clogged milk ducts
Birthing Preference Planning at Life’s Work PT
Birthing Preference Plans at Life’s Work consist of 3 sessions where you will receive:
An orthopedic evaluation of your spine, hips, and pelvis
A pelvic floor muscle evaluation with instructions on:
- How to push effectively to reduce chances of tearing your pelvic floor muscles
- Perineal massage to prepare for delivery
- Proper breathing techniques for laboring
- Stretching and yoga poses to prepare for labor and delivery
Individualized recommendation for laboring and birthing positions factoring in:
- Range of motion limitations
- Pelvic floor muscle tone
- Pre-existing conditions or prior diagnoses (for example: tailbone injury/pain, sacroiliac joint (SI) dysfunction, herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, labrum tears)
Partner/Doula/Continuous labor support person instruction on pain relief, pelvic pressures for opening the pelvis, and general instruction on advocacy
Education on slowed or arrested labor, and positions to try
Pain relief options and techniques
Postpartum baby ergonomics (including breastfeeding and baby carrying)
Postpartum return to activity recommendations including an exercise handout and timeline for safe return to activity
A letter to your labor and delivery team outlining your preferences
No matter your circumstances, we can help prepare you for a successful birth. Whether this is your first birth or your fifth — there is always something new to learn as your body changes with each pregnancy and birth. Whether you plan to give birth with your partner, a doula or another continuous labor support person, we can help to prepare you.
Whether your goals are to avoid an exacerbation of an old injury, reduce your chances of perineal tearing, hold off on receiving an epidural for as long as possible, or protect an existing prolapse, we have the expertise to help you feel informed, confident, and ready for your labor and delivery. Every birthing preference plan is individualized and specifically tailored to the patient based on our assessment.
We are able to perform birthing preference planning virtually through a series of 3 telehealth appointments using modified assessment techniques to still deliver the same individualized and valuable information from the comfort of your own home if you are unable to attend in person sessions.