Seeing a pelvic health physiotherapist in the postpartum period is essential for rehabilitation and preventative pelvic health care. Having carried and birthed a baby either by cesarean section or vaginally are risk factors to developing pelvic floor dysfunction so we encourage every person during this life phase to see a pelvic health physiotherapist.
The most common dysfunctions that may occur postpartum include: pelvic pain, sexual pain and incontinence (bladder or bowel). There are numerous reasons for postpartum pain and incontinence; however, some common explanations include: weakened muscles, scar tissue development from episiotomies or tears, prolapse and hormonal changes. Other issues that may arise during the postpartum phase include:
Diastasis recti abdominus (DRA or ‘Mummy Tummy’):
A separation of the rectus abdominus muscle. As your baby grows during pregnancy, these muscles begin to stretch (which is normal). But, for some moms, a DRA persists and can compromise functional core strength and contribute to low back pain, a protruding belly and prolapse. Read more about DRA on our Blog.
Pelvic girdle pain (PGP):
Pain that presents around the pelvis, lower back, hips or groin area as a result of alignment imbalances within the pubic symphysis and sacro-iliac joints. A persistent DRA after childbirth may contribute to pelvic girdle pain. Read more about how pelvic physiotherapy can help with PGP.
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