While a growing family is an exciting experience for most, pregnancy can also be quite stressful. A woman’s body is designed for pregnancy, but that doesn’t mean it is easy. Pregnancy can be very draining and take a toll on the body. Physical therapy can help address many of the discomforts that women experience during pregnancy, from the early stages to postpartum.
Reduce Back Pain
Back pain is the number one complaint of physical discomfort during pregnancy, and there are several reasons for this. As the baby grows and as hormones cause overall weight gain, there is added stress on the spine. Your center of gravity also shifts as your belly gets larger, which creates a change in posture. Plus, the mental and emotional stress of the pregnancy and preparing for a new baby can cause tension in the muscles of the back. Therapists trained in prenatal physical therapy can help you stay aware of your posture, and give you new ways to reduce the stress on your back as your pregnancy progresses.
Address Urinary Incontinence
While many women choose not to mention the urinary incontinence that accompanies their pregnancy, it’s quite common. Physical therapy can help reduce the chances of this happening, or make it easier to recover from this postpartum if you do experience it. Physical therapy can help to strengthen the pelvic muscles, as well as those around the bladder. With fewer chances of SUI, or stress urinary incontinence, you can get back to enjoying the excitement of pregnancy without having to worry while in public.
Improve Muscle Relaxation
Relaxation can make pregnancy easier on your body, but it can also prepare you for labor and delivery. As you learn how to relax the right muscles, you will be able to reduce the overall strain on your back and pelvis. A trained physical therapist can also help you learn relaxation techniques that will make laboring easier for you. Knowing that you have these tools can make the upcoming delivery day less mentally stressful as well.
If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, call to schedule an appointment with one of our trained physical therapists. Sovereign Rehab specializes in those physical issues specific to women and we look forward to learning more about your personal needs.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 225
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 835-3340