Changing the Conversation: Tips for Addressing Pregnancy Aches & Pains
A woman’s body performs AMAZING tasks during pregnancy. Your uterus transforms from being a small organ nestled in your pelvis, and enlarges to be a predominant abdominal organ large enough to allow space for your baby to grow. During pregnancy you have a 40-60% increase in your blood supply to help bring oxygen and nutrients to your little one. And, your oxygen intake increases by 14% during pregnancy.
And let’s not get started with the hormones!! So much is going on with ta woman’s hormones during pregnancy. These hormonal changes can affect fluid retention, the function of your GI tract, and laxity in your ligaments. No wonder you can feel zapped of your energy and have some aches and pains along the way.
The good news is that physical therapy at Northwest Ohio Center for Pelvic Rehabilitation & Wellness in the greater Toledo, OH area can alleviate much of the discomfort of pregnancy – so you can more fully enjoy this magical time in your life, without discomfort!
When to See Physical Therapist for Pregnancy Aches & Pains
While aches and pains are common during pregnancy, they should not simply be dismissed. It may be easy to talk with your family and friends about how you are feeling – and to be lovingly dismissed with an all too over-used statement: “What do you expect? . . . you’re pregnant!”. And, many people accept that pregnancy is just something to “endure”.
Well, the women’s pelvic health specialists at NWO Pelvic Rehab in Toledo, OH have good news for you! Physical Therapy with specially trained therapists educated in the treatment of pregnant women can help alleviate the aches and pains of pregnancy, so that you thrive while carrying your child.
Please have a conversation with your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms during pregnancy:
Sciatica (back pain) that is limiting you
Discomfort, pain, or radiating pain in the pelvic area (pubic symphysis pain) that has become bothersome
Mid-back pain that has started as your breasts have become larger.
Change the Conversation on Pregnancy Aches & Pains
Change the conversation from: “Is this what is expected during pregnancy?” to “What can be done to help me with these symptoms during my pregnancy? ” to make the result of the conversation be more actionable. Physical therapists are uniquely equipped to be able to give you exercises and strategies to minimize your pain and discomfort during pregnancy.
Request a referral to physical therapy and let us show you how we can help. Our skilled, experienced and compassionate physical therapists will work closely with you and your doctor to minimize your aches, pains and other symptoms during pregnancy.
PLUS . . . . Physical therapy during pregnancy can help prepare your body for delivery and begin training your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles for the upcoming task of caring for your newborn.
How Physical Therapist Can Help Pregnancy Aches & Pains
Education is key for understanding how your pregnancy modified body is working – or not working – for you. Our physical therapists can educate you on proper abdominal supports to minimize your low back pain. We can also supply you with SI belts that can decrease your pubic symphysis pain during pregnancy. We can even instruct you how to prepare your perineal tissue for delivery.
We can begin the team work for improving your body function during pregnancy and continue this team work throughout post-partum. Reach out to your doctor and ask for a referral to physical therapy, and together we can explore the best ways to help you live pain free during pregnancy, delivery and post-partum.
Physical Therapy for Pregnancy Aches & Pains | Toledo Area
If you are suffering from any type of back, body or pelvic pain during pregnancy, our Toledo, OH area certified pelvic floor physical therapists are here to help.
Expert physical therapist Karen Liberi, MS MPT WCS, has advanced board certification in pelvic floor physical therapy. She has helped hundreds of women in Perrysburg, Toledo, Northeast Ohio and Southeast Michigan get rid of pelvic pain, eliminate urinary & bowel issues, and remedy sexual problems with pelvic floor physical therapy.
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