The new standard of care following pregnancy and delivery
In order to be able to take the best care of your baby, you need to take care of yourself first. In Europe, the standard of care for every postpartum mom is to receive pelvic floor strengthening after she delivers a baby. The goal is to strengthen and rehabilitate the muscles of the pelvic floor thereby reducing the occurrence of postpartum incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. It will also work towards helping restore sexual function.
Postpartum women are especially vulnerable to pelvic floor dysfunction due to the physical act of childbirth. Whether a baby is delivered vaginally or via c-section, the changing hormones, impact from carrying a growing baby for 9 months, and injury from childbirth can all cause problems that Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy can help address.
How can pelvic floor physical therapy help with postpartum recovery?
At your initial evaluation, the physical therapist will take an extensive medical history after which she will perform a thorough external and internal musculoskeletal examination in order to create your own individualized care plan. Follow-up appointments are 30 minutes long and depending on your personal care plan may include: manual techniques such as scar mobilization, connective tissue manipulation and joint mobilization; Strength and endurance training for both your core and pelvic floor with specific exercises to correct a diastasis recti, if present, is taught for a safe return to your prepregnancy workouts.
NATALIE PADVEEN, PT
Our Physical Therapy Specialist
Natalie Padveen has a strong orthopedic background and specializes in pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual health, and pregnancy related issues. She is a certified fitness, barre ands pin instructor and is active in the Section on Women’s Health of the American Physical Therapy Association. She is also the founder and creator of the Pelacore Method.
Common Postpartum Problems
This is a partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, or “six-pack” muscles, which meet at the midline of your stomach.
This is very common and occurs in 33-60% of pregnant and postpartum women.
Urinary incontinence simply means leaking urine and can range from leaking just a few drops of urine to complete emptying of the bladder (ACOG).
60% of postpartum women reported suffering from stress urinary incontinence.
Sexual dysfunction refers to when a woman has one or more of teh following symptoms:
- Little to no interest in sex
- Decreased genital senation
- Decreased vaginal lubrication
- Problems reaching an orgasm
- Painful sex
64.3% of women reported sexual dysfunction in the first year following childbirth.
Increased amount of hormones after childbirth can cause joint misalignment via inflammation leading to lower back pain.
77% of women had low back pain that interfered with daily tasks.
Type of Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I book an appointment for my pelvic floor physical therapy?
We offer physical therapy at our Manhattan Beach and Long Beach offices. Speak to our staff members, call us or chat with us to book your first appointment.
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Do I need a referral from my OB/GYN?
Depending on your insurance plan, you may need a referral from your primary care physician or one of our doctors.
Will my insurance cover physical therapy?
Physical therapy is typically covered by insurance, but it is recommended to discuss your specific benefit coverages directly with your insurance.
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When is the best time to start physical therapy?
At your 6-week postpartum check-up.