Have you recently had a baby? If you answered yes to this question, have you seen a pelvic floor physical therapist?
While the trend for women to see a pelvic floor PT is increasing, there continue to be many women who are unaware of the importance of seeing such a provider. Seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist postpartum will address things such as spine or tailbone pain that occur from the evolving changes that occur throughout pregnancy. Other topics such as heaviness from pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and pelvic pain are addressed as well.
What if you do not have any concerns?
A pelvic PT will discuss your return to fitness goals, help you feel connected to your pelvic floor, help strengthen weak muscles, and assist with a strategy in improving overall body awareness.
When should I go to see a pelvic PT?
Many women wait until 6 weeks postpartum after she visits her OB. But you can make an appointment any time after delivering your baby. There are many things a pelvic PT can discuss in the first few weeks following the baby’s birth, such as pain, mobility exercises, postpartum care, cesarean incision care, and more.
If you’ve recently had a baby, our pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr. Annie Chesterfield PT, DPT, OCS, is a great place to start!