Date: 2020-01-05 14:12:24
From pain to weakness, even incontinence—health experts say it’s all common after giving birth. “Pain after pregnancy, although it’s common, it’s not normal, and it can be treated,” said Elizabeth Templeton, a physical therapist with Lee Health.
Templeton works with new moms to help strengthen their pelvic floor muscles, treat incontinence, and address any muscular-skeletal issues. “Your body goes through so many changes as far as postural changes, you’re going to be standing differently after giving birth, there could be obviously weight gain with birth, pain after having a baby, both low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, there’s such a high incidence of pain during pregnancy that after pregnancy it doesn’t just magically go away,” she said.
Whether you’ve had a C-section or a vaginal delivery, physical therapists can teach different exercises to help patients manage pain. “It’s so important after a C-section for scar management, abdominal strengthening,” said Templeton.
But the sooner these symptoms can be addressed in physical therapy; the sooner moms can start to feel better. “The goal with physical therapy is really to help make you independent and really be able to learn techniques to manage your pain,” she said.
Techniques that can help moms get back on their feet so they can focus on their new baby.
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