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.

Contact us to make an appointment.

Or keep reading to learn about a few of the most common women’s health issues we can help with.

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
  • Prolapse
  • 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

Involving a pelvic floor Physical Therapist in your birth plan is a helpful way to improve your readiness and confidence as you prepare for  your labor and delivery.  A qualified pelvic floor Physical Therapist is able to assess your body including your spine, pelvis, hips, and pelvic floor muscles to discuss what positions may be most comfortable and safe for you to labor and deliver in. During Birthing Preference Planning sessions, we also include your partner, doula, and/or continuous labor support person to educate them about the stages of labor, teach them how to assist you with positioning and position changes, instruct them in pain relief techniques, teach them to assist in opening your pelvis during various stages of labor,  and educate them in how to advocate for you during the labor and delivery process.

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.

Let's get better together.

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Phone: 503-295-2585
Fax:  503-295-2587

SW Portland/ Tigard

9370 SW Greenburg Road
Suite B
Tigard, OR 97223