Pregnancy, Postpartum & Kegel Exercises

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Empowering Wellness: From Pregnancy through Postpartum with Kegel Exercises and More

At Carolina PT, we believe it is important to prioritize your well-being throughout every stage of your journey into motherhood. Our specialized services extend to the realm of pregnancy physical therapy, providing comprehensive care during and after this transformative period. Our dedicated team understands the unique challenges and physical changes that come with pregnancy, offering tailored therapies to support your health and ease the transition into postpartum recovery. Experience personalized care that empowers you to thrive during and after pregnancy at Carolina PT.

“Can I exercise while pregnant?”

The short answer is it depends. There are always contraindications that may indicate you shouldn’t be exercising while pregnant. However, there are also relative contraindications that may indicate a modification in your exercise routine rather than not exercising at all. Physical therapy can help screen your risk, determine limitations, and develop a routine together that can allow you to continue working out while maintaining the safety of your child.

“Do nothing for the first 6 weeks and then just listen to your body”

This is the general advice given to women who have recently given birth. But is 6 weeks really necessary? Patient working with physical therapist for post-partum physical therapy. The most common form of post partum PT is pelvic floor therapy, which includes kegel exercises.

Studies are saying no. While it is absolutely important to let your body rest and heal after giving birth (vaginal or cesarean), 6 weeks of doing nothing is not ideal. It’s nearly impossible to ask a new mom not to lift a car seat, pick up a gallon of milk, or pick up their toddler who wants to be held alongside their new little brother or sister. Early mobility and management of the pelvic floor with a qualified physical therapist can help return you to these tasks easier with less risk for injury.

What does this all mean?

The human body goes through a lot during and after pregnancy. It’s very important to take it into account, but “don’t work out while pregnant” and “6 weeks bed rest” may end up being more harmful than good. Pelvic floor muscle training is the gold standard for the prevention and rehabilitation of pelvic floor issues. Physical therapy can help guide you through pelvic floor dysfunctions and help with your pelvic floor recovery as early as 2 weeks postpartum!

Every pregnancy is unique, and no one should be placed under a generic plan to resolve pelvic floor dysfunctions. A qualified pelvic floor specialist can help you assess your needs and create a personalized regimen to improve any back pain, unwanted leakage, and lifting mechanics.

Our team of experienced professionals is here to support you through every step, ensuring that you continue to thrive with our specialized pregnancy physical therapy, including guidance on Kegel exercises, during the days, weeks, and months ahead. Whether you’re seeking relief during pregnancy or effective postpartum recovery, our dedication to your well-being remains unwavering. Thank you for choosing Carolina PT as your trusted partner in health, and we look forward to being a continued source of support on your path to lasting wellness.

What are kegel exercises?

Kegel exercises, named after Dr. Arnold Kegel, are simple yet impactful exercises that target the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises involve contracting and relaxing the muscles used to control urinary flow, supporting organs in the pelvis, and enhancing sexual function. They’re highly beneficial for both men and women and can be done discreetly, without the need for special equipment. Kegels can aid in strengthening muscles weakened by pregnancy, childbirth, aging, or certain medical conditions like urinary incontinence. Regular practice of Kegel exercises can improve bladder control, enhance sexual satisfaction, and contribute to overall pelvic health and well-being.

Carrie Cheung PT, DPT, LAT, ATC