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Childbirth Medical Interventions and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Natalie Christopherson2 Comments

  By Natalie Christopherson   As a pregnant woman and pelvic floor physical therapist, I am surrounded by stories, advice, and opinions about the right way to give birth. Most of us know that pregnancy and childbirth often result in trauma to the pelvic floor and perineum, which can lead to incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and painful sex, among other …

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Pelvic Pain and Childbirth. Dr. Mark Conway tells us what we need to know.

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer1 Comment

  By Elizabeth Akincilar-Rummer   As we learned in a recent previous post by Stephanie Prendergast, the vast majority of women are not well informed when it comes to their pelvic floor, pregnancy and childbirth. In fact, 93% of women felt like they were insufficiently informed about their pelvic health! Unlike the rest of the population, many of our patients …

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Reducing perineal trauma during labor and delivery

In Female Pelvic Pain, Low-Tone Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast2 Comments

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Who doesn’t love a crowning baby cake? If our image didn’t catch your eye the title of this post probably did if you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant. Last week we presented a pelvic health quiz about the role of the pelvic floor muscles play in childbirth. This week we share the answers …

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What women do and don’t know about childbirth and their pelvic floor muscles

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast1 Comment

  By Stephanie Prendergast   Recently, a number of studies were published on what women do and don’t know about their pelvic floor muscles, childbirth, and longer-term pelvic health.   How much do you actually know? Take our quiz and find out! If you do not know the answers, don’t fret. You are amongst 93% of women who felt like …

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Beating the Odds: How one woman overcame a traumatic birth and had a successful second birth

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Malinda Wright2 Comments

  By Malinda Wright   Childbirth is no picnic: 85% of women who deliver vaginally experience perineal trauma and a third of those women in the USA and UK require stitches.2 The thought of having another baby after having gone through a traumatic birth can be daunting, to say the least. Returning to sex can also seem like a feat, …

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Painfree childbirth, peaceful labor, comfortable delivery: the practice of hypnobirthing

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Photo: David J Laporte       By Melinda Fontaine   Peaceful labor? Comfortable delivery? Calm childbirth? Do these sound like oxymorons? It’s true!   Jane was a young woman who saw a segment on TV about HypnoBirthing.  She saw pregnant women who looked like they were concentrating really hard on an abdominal workout or a challenging algebra equation.  Then …

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Pregnancy, Labor, and Delivery with Vulvovaginal Pain

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Melinda Fontaine1 Comment

  By Melinda Fontaine   Julia called me yesterday to ask some questions about pelvic pain and pregnancy.  She was 38 weeks pregnant and getting ready to give birth. She had a history of some pain with intercourse prior to getting pregnant and was surprised to feel some vaginal pain at her last OB appointment as well. Julia wanted to …

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Postpartum Pelvic Pain: Be Like Sarah and Get PT 1st

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Malinda Wright5 Comments

By Malinda Wright   In mid-April, Fox News Health wrote an article on why postpartum moms need physical therapy.  (To see the article click here.)  As pointed out in the article, France, Netherlands, and Australia automatically provide postpartum moms with 6-12 pelvic physical therapy treatments. Meanwhile, here in the US postpartum moms are rarely told by their OB/GYNs to attend …

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Get the DL on L&D: What you really need to know about Labor and Delivery

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie PrendergastLeave a Comment

    “Why don’t you try squeezing something the size of a watermelon out of an opening the size of a lemon and see how hot YOU look?” –Look Who’s Talking   By Melinda Fontaine Back By Popular Demand: Here is the sequel to my 8 Pregnancy Tips. This is what a Pelvic PT/Mom wants you to know about labor …

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How to Fix a Diastasis Recti

In Female Pelvic Pain, Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast161 Comments

By Malinda Wright Most women seem to accept that pregnancy/childbirth changes their bodies. But, what many don’t realize is that some of these changes can be fixed. One of those “fixable” changes includes a diastasis recti (DR) (translation: the separation of the abdominal muscles), which occurs due to pregnancy. In this post, I’m going to give you a complete overview …

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PT TV: Stephanie Talks Pelvic Floor Rehab for New Moms {VIDEO}

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“It’s not uncommon for new moms to have problems following labor and delivery. It may feel different when they try to urinate; they may have difficulty with bowel movements; changes may occur in their sexual behavior, and about 35 percent of them will experience pelvic pain.” With this information, Stephanie kicked off the latest episode of PT TV, a series …

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Pelvic Floor Rehab: It’s Time to Treat New Moms Right

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast167 Comments

After her first pregnancy, Angela gave birth to a beautiful 7 lb, 3 oz, baby girl. More than six months after leaving the hospital, baby was healthy and thriving, however, the same couldn’t be said for Mom. Mentally, she was full of joy over being a mom, but physically…well, physically, she just didn’t feel right. For one thing, every time …

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PT for Pelvic Girdle Pain during Pregnancy

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by Stephanie Prendergast34 Comments

One of the issues we treat regularly at our clinics is prenatal and postnatal pain. Although discomfort or pain during and after pregnancy is an extremely common problem, like other pelvic pain syndromes, it’s often mistreated, misunderstood, or ignored by the medical community. So you can imagine my delight when I came across an article this month on the topic …