Physical Therapy, A Must During Pregnancy

"A healthy outside starts from the inside."

-Robert Urich-

While most women concentrate on the baby’s health and growth during pregnancy; they often forget about their own well-being and safety. They frequently visit the gynecologist and spend their time preparing for the newborn to come. Thus, it is important for them to receive pre-natal as well as post-natal care, to insure an easy delivery and healthy lifestyle.

A common pregnancy woe is low back pain, but it is treatable with physical therapy which includes relaxation techniques, proper body mechanics and stretching exercises. Post-partum rehabilitation is essential to every woman, where she has to take care of herself by restoring and reconstructing her body after giving birth.

Some women notice changes after childbirth that might have not been present during pregnancy. This is where physical therapy interferes through breathing exercises and muscles strengthening movements; ensuring a physical restoration on both the inside and the outside.

Kegel exercises are one way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles – that support the urethra, bladder, uterus, and rectum. They also may help prevent or treat urinary stress incontinence a problem that affects up to 70% of women during or after pregnancy. Because Kegels improve circulation to the rectal and vaginal area, they may help keep hemorrhoids at bay and possibly speed healing after an episiotomy or a tear during childbirth.

Abdominal breathing is also a benefit to have a toned internal system after delivery, in addition to health awareness and dieting tips that physical therapists provide. 

Charbel Najem, Internship coordinator at Department of Physical Therapy