Pregnancy & Postpartum Physiotherapy

The perinatal period is a time of tremendous change – both physically and emotionally. Our one-on-one physiotherapy appointments can offer solutions to help you:

  • Optimize your health while trying to conceive
  • Feel better during pregnancy
  • Prepare for childbirth
  • Recover from vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery, miscarriage, or stillbirth

Prenatal Physiotherapy:

During pregnancy, your body is adapting to accommodate your growing baby (or babies!). Visiting a physiotherapist during the prenatal period can help with the prevention of pain and pelvic issues some may experience during pregnancy and help you prepare for childbirth.

Reasons to see a physiotherapist while pregnant include:

  • Maintaining fitness during pregnancy
  • Correction/prevention of dysfunctional movement strategies than can lead to pain
  • Pain in the low back, hips and/or groin
  • Sensation of vaginal heaviness with activity
  • Leaking urine with exercise, coughing, sneezing, or laughing
  • Preparing for childbirth
  • Management of fatigue

Postpartum Physiotherapy

Whether you had your child 6 weeks ago, or 16 years ago, your body went through a tremendous physical change during pregnancy and childbirth. Tissues lengthened and you adopted new movement strategies to accommodate your growing baby. You performed the amazing feat of giving birth and then cared for your child all while recovering from vaginal or cesarean delivery.

While many postpartum supports focus on the health of your child, physiotherapy focuses on your health and recovery from childbirth. Alone or in conjunction with one of our pelvic floor physiotherapists, we offer solutions to many postpartum concerns, including:

  • Rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles (including symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse)
  • Involuntary leaking of urine (stress incontinence)
  • Rehabilitation of the abdominal muscles (including diastasis recti)
  • Correction of dysfunctional movement patterns developed during pregnancy
  • Pain in the shoulders, back, hips and/or groin
  • Return to sport (running, jumping, golf, soccer, cycling, etc.)

We also provide care for those who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or soon after birth. When the time is right for you, we are here to offer empathetic, supportive care while assisting you in your physical and emotional recovery from miscarriage or stillbirth.

What to Expect?

Our one-on-one perinatal physiotherapy assessments/treatments are multi-faceted, but primarily utilize corrective exercise, which offers long-term solutions for our patients. All exercise programs are tailored to fit your needs/schedule and incorporate principles of behaviour change to help your rehabilitation program fit your lifestyle.

Please note: these appointments do not include an internal pelvic health exam. If necessary, we may discuss/facilitate a referral to one of our pelvic health physiotherapists for an internal assessment.

Your First Visit:

This may occur in-person or via telehealth (whatever works best for you!). In this 60-minute initial visit, we will:

  • Discuss your current health concerns, medical history, and goals for treatment.
  • Discuss how we can help you feel safe and supported throughout the course of treatment.
  • Screen for pelvic health issues and if necessary, discuss/facilitate a referral to one of our pelvic health physiotherapists for an internal assessment.
  • Screen for psychological/social issues that may impact your recovery and if necessary, discuss/facilitate a referral to an appropriate healthcare provider.
  • Conduct a hands-on assessment to evaluate movement patterns, strength, and range of motion issues that may be contributing to your health concerns.
  • Discuss our findings with you and address any questions/concerns you may have.
  • Develop an individualized home exercise program that fits your schedule.

Follow-Up Sessions

These may occur in-person or via telehealth. During your 45- or 60-minute one-on-one follow-up session, we will:

  • Assess your progress and adapt your home exercise program as appropriate.
  • Guide you through an exercise session. This is a great time to learn new movement strategies, restore strength and mobility so you can feel more confident exercising at home or in the gym.
  • Offer advice to help you better understand/self-manage your condition.
  • Use hands-on therapy (massage, fascial release work, joint mobilization, etc.) and supports (e.g., supportive taping/bracing) as needed.

Have questions about booking with Julia or Amy?

Email info@thepelvichealthclinic.ca or call (902) 229-8979, and we will do our best to help!