Postpartum refers to the time period when the female body is recovering from delivering a child. During pregnancy the body goes through many changes to allow for carrying and delivering a child and these changes can contribute to how the mother feels postpartum. During pregnancy the body experiences hormonal changes and repositioning of the pelvic and abdominal organs to create a better environment for the baby. The mother has to adapt to these changes and modify her lifestyle to maximize her comfort.
Vaginal or C-section deliveries, also contribute to various risk factors and postpartum complications. A C-section is surgery and your abdominal structures experience varying amounts of trauma during the process. Vaginal deliveries also have risks. Women who have a long duration of time pushing create more risk of injuring their pelvic floor muscles and other soft tissue structures. Prolonged pushing also causes a great deal of pressure downward on the pelvic organs, like the bladder and the rectum.
All of these factors and many more, determine the likelihood of postpartum complications. Common postpartum complications that can occur include: low back pain, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, abdominal muscle separation, and muscle weakness.
Pregnancy is both a difficult and rewarding experience for many women. While there are complications that can arise, it is also important to take a moment to appreciate the miraculous process that occurs to produce another human being. Pelvic floor physical therapy is meant to maximize a mothers’ ability to care for herself and her family. We want to help decrease the risk of complications and treat any issues that the mother sustained during the pregnancy and delivery process. We help empower mothers to become stronger and more knowledgeable about their bodies and build a personalized program of recovery.
If you have recently delivered a child, please call our office today at 207.990.2050, to schedule an appointment for your initial consultation to find out how we can help you maximize a successful recovery that will benefit both you and your family!
If you are interested in some of the information in this post and would like to learn more about what physical therapy can do for postpartum healing, please see our additional post about our NEW POSTPARTUM CLINIC OFFER!
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- Ansley Throckmorton
"I highly recommend Teri Carr, PT. She is an extraordinary physical therapist and care giver. Her years of experience and constant continued learning make her an absolute expert. She is such a caring person and very effective. She works with her patients to find a plan that will work for them. She focuses on pelvic floor issues – including nerves in the pelvis. She is the only expert listed for the state of Maine for pudendal neuralgia. I am so lucky to have her as my therapist.
The staff here is also excellent. Everyone is upbeat and helpful, from the owner (Doug) to the support staff (Katie). I’ll never go anywhere else for physical therapy! "
- Robin T.
"Teri Carr and the crew at Pouzol's Physical Therapy have been extremely helpful with dealing with my health issues. The Pelvic Floor therapy for my abdominal pain has increased my quality of life twofold and when I had back issues last year Teri helped me with pre and post surgery pain and recovery. The atmosphere there is a place of healing and the people are all very friendly and I consider them as friends. I would recommend them to everyone and come to think of it I have.
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