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Pregnancy & Postpartum

Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pregnancy:  While you may think of preparing for a baby to include things like setting up the nursery and buying the car seat, one of the most important things you can do to as an expecting mama is prepare your own body for the miracle of child birth. As your uterus grows, tremendous strain can be placed on the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles control your bowel and bladder management (to void when you want, and hold it in when you should!) and they support all of your internal organs. Benefits for pelvic floor training during pregnancy include:

  • Learning how to elicit full range of motion of your pelvic floor to become an expert in the delivery room of coordinating movements and effectively "pushing".

  • Reducing the possibility of tearing and experiencing pelvic floor complications postnatally.

  • Mastering proper breathing techniques to ease contractions and to incorporate postnatally for optimal pelvic floor functioning.

Postpartum: Following delivery, many mamas find themselves at a particularly vulnerable state, both physically and mentally. The changes that our bodies and routines endure can be extremely challenging. Speaking from personal experience (Kourtney here),  leaving the 6-week follow-up appointment left me feeling even more unsupported and confused than when I entered. Why is no one asking me about my body and how it's functioning differently and how it is affecting my relationships? Going to see a pelvic floor therapist after pregnancy and childbirth should be standard care in the U.S. health care system like it is in other countries, but unfortunately it isn’t, and it is up to the new mama to just "figure it out". Postpartum pelvic floor therapy can assist with:

  • C-Section scar management

  • Bowel and bladder incontinence

  • Pelvic pain

  • Diastasis recti

  • Sexual function

  • Body mechanics and environmental modifications to promote overall recovery and reduce risk for prolapse

As a postpartum mama, it's no secret that finding time for a shower and hair wash is hard enough, let alone coordinating an office appointment. Functional Freedom's home therapy model lends itself particularly well to new moms, as it allows you to participate in treatment in your environment, without leaving the house and the baby. So rock your greasy mom bun, nurse your baby as needed, and rest assure there will be no home clutter judgement... you just brought a life into the world and you are incredible.