Ease Pregnancy Pains: Steps to Pelvic Floor Wellness

Pregnancy is a whirlwind of wondrous and challenging changes as a woman’s body adapts to nurture new life. While some transformations bring joy and anticipation, others can be uncomfortable and painful. From the joys of feeling your baby kick to the discomfort of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain, pregnancy is a rollercoaster of sensations. For many expectant mothers, these discomforts can be more than a passing inconvenience. Fortunately, there’s help available, especially for those grappling with the strains of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. These pains, while common during pregnancy, should not be endured silently. Seeking support from healthcare providers, particularly through pelvic floor physical therapy, can significantly improve the quality of life during pregnancy and beyond.

 

pregnant woman with yoga ball

 

Understanding Pregnancy Pains

During pregnancy, the body undergoes remarkable changes to accommodate the growing baby. For some women, especially those with a history of low back pain or sacroiliac pain before pregnancy, these changes can exacerbate existing discomforts. A study has shown that up to 70% of expectant mothers experience moderate to severe low back pain during pregnancy. Shockingly, despite the prevalence of this issue, less than 30% of those who report it to their physicians receive treatment. Similarly, pelvic girdle pain affects up to 65% of pregnant women, encompassing a range of discomforts, including sacroiliac pain, pubic symphysis pain, and inflammation of ligaments or tendons. The confluence of low back and pelvic girdle pain can be particularly debilitating, making daily activities challenging and detracting from the joy of pregnancy. However, women need to know they don’t have to endure these pains in isolation. 

 

anatomy of baby during pregnancy

 

The Importance of Seeking Support

Seeking support from healthcare professionals, particularly those specializing in pelvic floor therapy, can make a significant difference in managing and alleviating these discomforts.

Moreover, addressing these pains during pregnancy isn’t just about improving comfort in the moment; it can also have long-term benefits for both mother and baby. Research has indicated a greater risk of postpartum depression among women who experience persistent pain postpartum. This underscores the importance of addressing discomforts early on to support overall mental and emotional well-being during the postpartum period. Additionally, there’s evidence to suggest that addressing pelvic floor issues during pregnancy can lead to better outcomes during labor and delivery. A systematic review has shown that pelvic floor therapy can decrease the incidence of episiotomy and third and fourth-degree tears, potentially reducing the risk of complications during childbirth. Furthermore, beginning pelvic floor therapy early in pregnancy, ideally before issues like leakage or pain arise, has been associated with better outcomes, including potentially shorter and less difficult labor. 

 

pregnant woman doing pelvic exercise on a yoga ball

 

Embracing Pregnancy with Confidence

Pregnancy is a time of immense physical and emotional change. While some changes are joyous, others can be challenging, particularly when it comes to managing discomforts like low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. However, women need not just suffer through the pain. Seeking support from healthcare providers, especially through interventions like pelvic floor therapy, can improve comfort, prepare for labor and delivery, and promote overall well-being during pregnancy and beyond.

Women will gain the tools to safely return to their active lives with a better understanding of how their body works.  By addressing these issues proactively, women can embrace the pregnancy journey with greater ease and confidence, focusing on the excitement of welcoming a new life into the world.  

 

 

pregnant woman showing off baby belly

 

lorena kelly pelvic floor and pelvic healthHere at Evolve Physical Therapy, our Pelvic Health Specialist, Lorena Kelly Turner, PT, DPT, will provide evidence-based care using gentle manual techniques, biofeedback with current technology, clear patient education, and appropriate exercises to help you understand your body better so you can enjoy your pregnancy and stay active for life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Can Physical Therapy Help with Pelvic Pain?

Limited by pain, past or current injury, balance, or weakness? Call, text, or email and schedule an appointment today. 

Here at Evolve Physical Therapy, our goal is to keep you Active For Life, so you can Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Better.  

 


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