Pregnancy, Exercises, and Strength: 3 Benefits of Physical Therapy For Pregnancy and Postpartum

Pelvic floor physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum to have your best labor, delivery and birth of your baby

Pelvic floor physical therapy for pregnancy and postpartum to have your best labor, delivery and birth of your baby

Pregnant women in Iowa are told over and over again that being in pain, tossing and turning and peeing their pants while they’re pregnant is normal.  We’re here to tell you that there are solutions to help all pregnant women feel more comfortable during pregnancy.  In addition to feeling more comfortable during pregnancy, pregnant women should also be taught how to push.  At Breathe. we work with women all the time who’s pelvic floor muscles don’t know how to get out of the way so the baby can slide right out!  

Here are 3 reasons why physical therapy is necessary for some pregnant women:

Personalized Exercises for a Strong Pregnant Body

There are always exercises YOUR body needs to help you feel your best and stay active as possible throughout your pregnancy.  A physical therapist is the ideal person to help you know if you should be doing lunges, squats or bridges- they might not all be best for you!

Go Beyond Kegels to Stop Peeing your Pants and Improve Pressure

Pelvic floor health is so much more than kegels.  Check out this video about how to kegel, how to relax after a kegel, and how to breathe.

Pelvic Floor Assessment in Prenatal Care

Women’s health physical therapists know how to check your pelvic floor muscles inside your pelvis to make sure that when someone yells at you to push, the muscles just melt of the way.  Here’s a hint- if you have easy bowel movements, chances are good you’ll have an easier time delivering a baby.  If you strain more than occasionally to have a bowel movement, it might mean you could use a tune up in how to push.

Targeted Muscle Release

Physical therapists know EXACTLY what muscle needs to be released if something feels tight.  Whole body massages are excellent (and also a very good thing in pregnancy), but the targeted work a physical therapist knows how to do is life changing.

This post is educational and not medical advice. Please consult your medical provider for information specific to your needs.

If you’re in Iowa- you’re in luck and can get to one of our specialized PT’s in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City or North Liberty area as well as the Des Moines metro.  If that’s too far to drive- telehealth is available! 

Breathe. is unique! Private, personalized care that celebrates client victories, big and small. We believe all women deserve to live energetic, vibrant and active lives and it’s our mission to be a partner in achieving that, by specializing in dry needling, DRA, pants peeing, pregnancy/postpartum pain and recovery, pelvic floor dysfunction, headaches, back pain and other orthopedic concerns. 

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