Postnatal Care

Physical therapy during the postpartum period is key in restoring the physical health of the postpartum mother, and reducing the risk of orthopedic or pelvic floor injury.  Often during the postpartum phase, the emphasis is on the care of the newborn baby, with not enough emphasis on the recovery of the mother.  This is especially true with such short hospital stays, and little support for the family in the early postpartum period.  Often, women are not evaluated adequately for pelvic floor dysfunction, flexibility and resiliency of perineal tears, extent of any prolapse that may have occurred, or the status or integrity of abdominal muscles in the early postpartum period.  Even if they are evaluated, they are often not sent for appropriate treatment.  This is one of the most challenging times for new mothers and their families, and they do not have enough instruction in care of the mother and to the return of sexual intimacy between partners.

Postnatal Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehab

Urinary Incontinence

Fecal Incontinence

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Back and Neck Pain

Sacroiliac Pain

Coccyx Pain/Fracture

Painful Episiotomy / Vaginal Tear

Painful Intercourse

Abdominal Diastases Rectus

Safe Return to Athletics

Galactocele / Clogged Milk Ducts

Post C-Section Recovery

Physical Therapy for Expectant Moms and New Moms PDF

SOWH Postpartum Handout


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