How Can a Pelvic Floor Therapist help during pregnancy?
This is one of my FAVORITE questions!!! And I’m so glad that it is being asked more frequently.
I believe there is a lot of confusion around “needing” pelvic floor therapy or around which provider do you even go to and for what situations?
So, first and foremost, I like to remind people that before becoming a pelvic floor physical therapist, we were first a physical therapist.
Therefore, we are able to treat and manage movement dysfunctions, desire to improve strategies or movement patterns, prevention of comorbidities, and so much more.
In my doctoral training to become a Physical Therapist, I had VERY LITTLE training for how to work with women who were pregnant.
This is my personal story, of course, but I never felt the confidence in knowing exactly how to help and what to do for pregnancy.
However, during my Pelvic Floor training, I was able to tie the background in orthopedic and manual therapy with my new knowledge of the pelvic floor.
Now, having education on pregnancy, labor, delivery, and pelvic health I am totally confident in MY specific niche market.
So, what are the reasons that you would see me instead of your OB or Midwife?
If you are experiencing pain in your low back, hips, pubic bone, or vaginal opening.
If you have heaviness/pressure at the opening of your vagina or rectum.
If you are struggling with getting into comfortable positions.
If you are unsure if you are performing, or even need to be, kegels correctly.
If you are experiencing pain with sex or having difficulty with orgasm.
If you are trying to exercise throughout pregnancy but are unsure what is safe and what is not.
If you want to learn how to have the most functional pregnancy that you can, while preparing your pelvic floor and body for delivery and postpartum recovery.
There are, of course, many other things.
Being the expert in muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, joints, and how things work and how they move is INCREDIBLY valuable during a transition like pregnancy.
I am a HUGE advocate for having a village. But we must know the role of each provider.
No one provider is able to do it all!
Interested in learning more about a Pelvic Floor PT perspective to pregnancy? Be sure to check out our new Birth Course!