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Perinatal Health

Several changes happen to a woman’s body both during pregnancy and after having a baby. It is important to know the types of changes that occur to the muscles, ligaments and joints during this time, in order to prevent and treat certain conditions such as:

  • Stretching of the deep abdominal muscles and pelvic floor muscles and fascia
  • Stretching and sometimes tearing or complete separation of the top layer of abdominal tissue/fascia (rectus diastasis)
  • Stretching of ligaments throughout the body (due to relaxin hormone circulating through the system) but in particular, in the pelvis, to allow for passage of a baby through the birth canal
  • Changes in the mobility of the joints in the body as the ligaments become more relaxed, which may cause pelvic or low back pain
  • Possible leaking of urine due to stretching of the pelvic floor tissue during pregnancy and/or tearing during or after delivery
  • Possible incontinence either urinary or fecal post partum due to pelvic floor weakness or tearing, and/or pelvic organ prolapse

How Angela Simpson Physiotherapy can help you:

  • Educate you on the changes that are occurring in your body either during or after your pregnancy
  • Educate you on ways to help prevent some of these conditions from occurring, or help minimize the impact that these changes will have on your body both over the short and long term
  • Show you an individualized exercise program with posture corrections to help strengthen certain parts of your core and/or pelvic floor during your pregnancy that may help prevent or help minimize the effects of certain conditions such as pelvic pain, low back pain prolapse, rectus diastasis, and incontinence
  • Educate you on holding and lifting techniques for you and your baby
  • Perform an internal pelvic floor exam (if 6 to 8 weeks post-partum) to help determine the strength and/or tension in your pelvic floor muscles, as well as if there is a prolapse occurring
  • Treat the pelvic floor muscles internally and/or externally to help restore proper pelvic floor muscle balance, strength and function