Pregnancy is one of the most exciting moments in a woman’s life. It’s an opportunity to bring new life in the world and ultimately, to build a family. But, a lot of women struggle physically during this time, which is to be expected.
The body must undergo massive changes in order to handle the burden of supporting another life. It’s true what they say that pregnancy is a miracle. But there’s no denying that it’s physically taxing as well, especially towards the third trimester.
Pregnant women often struggle with aching and swollen feet, tired legs and back pain. Physical therapy for pregnancy can alleviate some of these symptoms and help you focus on preparing for and enjoying this special time in your life.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time mom or on your fourth pregnancy, physical therapy is an inexpensive way to enjoy a smoother and more comfortable pregnancy.
Benefits of Physical Therapy for Pregnancy
Here are some of the benefits of physical therapy for pregnancy:
Relieves back pain
Back pain is one of the most common ailments among pregnant women. It can be mild enough to live with, but in some cases, it can be severe. Back pain during pregnancy happens due to a number of reasons, namely:
- Additional stress
- Pregnancy hormones
- Posture change
- Working with a physical therapist will not only alleviate your pain in the treatment room, but you’ll learn various at-home exercises that are customized to your situation.
Prenatal physical therapy is safe for both mom and baby and a manual therapist will also make recommendations on the best sleeping positions for pregnancy.
Anyone who suffers from debilitating back pain during pregnancy can benefit from physical therapy. There’s no need to struggle with daily tasks due to back pain when the fix is just a few physical therapy treatments away.
Alleviates pelvic discomfort
This is another issue that pregnant women struggle with, especially during the later stages of their pregnancy. Plus, it’s important for moms to prepare this area of their bodies for delivery. Prenatal physical therapy can be helpful at preparing you for this as you’ll learn how to relax your muscles, how to push and prepare your pelvic floor muscles for the big day.
Relieve Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)
If you’ve ever peed yourself a little while pregnant you’re not alone. This is caused by SUI and almost every pregnant woman has gone through it. However, it’s one of the most underreported ailments because most women assume that it’s a natural “side-effect” of pregnancy.
SUI can affect your self-confidence and psyche during a time when you should be relaxed and happy. The good news is prenatal physical therapy can help you overcome SUI through better pelvic floor strength. Plus, the physical therapy you do now can help you recover faster post-birth. All it takes are a few physical therapy sessions per week to prevent SUI and postpartum incontinence.
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