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Pain Interventions for Labor and Birth With a Partner

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By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, Birth Doula When it comes to pain management during labor, most of us think of medical interventions such as an epidural or pain medication. Did you know that there are things that your doula, support person, midwife, partner or even OB can do to decrease pain? When I’m working with patients to help them prepare …

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Announcing Virtual Pregnancy + Postpartum Pelvic Health Services

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By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Virtual appointments are now available for those who are pregnant and postpartum! We are excited to offer this service to birthing people around the world. Whether you are pregnant and are interested in learning more about how to prepare your body for birth or need help developing a birth plan and …

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A Peripartum Product Guide for Pregnant Friends by a Pelvic Floor PT

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What does a Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist gift her pregnant friends at their baby showers?   By Molly Bachmann PT, DPT, PHRC San Francisco   Working in the medical field places one in a unique position when it comes to relationships with family and friends. Frequently I’ll receive questions about aches and pains, emails asking for advice, etc. Working in …

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Meditation & Yoga for Pelvic Pain Relief [Videos Links Included]

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By admin   Wondering what you can do besides pelvic floor physical therapy for your pelvic pain? This week we compiled the yoga sessions our PT, Melissa Patrick, has been hosting on our Instagram. Find the best yoga session for you based on the pelvic pain you are experiencing directly below its description.   Yoga for Pudendal Neuralgia Working with …

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Pregnancy Awareness Month- Pregnancy & Postpartum Services

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By Stephanie A. Prendergast, DPT, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles With May being Pregnancy Awareness Month, we wanted to share an overview of the pregnancy and postpartum services we offer here at the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center. Along with the overview we will discuss what to expect in your appointment with additional blogs, videos and general pregnancy and postpartum …

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Pregnancy Hormones 101

In Pregnancy and Postpartum Pelvic Health by pelv_admin4 Comments

Pregnancy is wild. Someone is walking around growing a human being. It blows my mind every time I see a pregnant person and here at The Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation Center, we get to see a lot of pregnant people!  Now a lot of things happen during pregnancy, and hormones are a big key player in the process. You may …

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The 4th Trimester: Postpartum Pelvic Pain is Common but Not Normal

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By: Courtney Edgecomb, DPT   Postpartum Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is increasingly utilized to help new moms recover from pregnancy and delivery. Is pain normal after giving birth? Of course that is an extremely open-ended question and I would get different answers from almost every single mom (and from each of her pregnancies). But it is hard to tease out …

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Can Chiropractic Care Help Pregnancy and Labor?

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By: Dr. Kandyce Mutter, BScKin, DC ICPA Webster Certified There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy. The most obvious physical changes that are likely to affect the spine will begin to occur during the second trimester. As the uterus grows to accommodate the fetus, the lumbar curve of the spine will …

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5 Easy Exercises to Help Ease Pregnancy Aches and Pains

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By Sigourney Cross, DPT, PHRC Walnut Creek Pelvic and low back pain during pregnancy affects up to two-thirds of women and can start anytime from the first trimester to months after giving birth.1 This is due to a couple of reasons. First, there is a change in your hormone levels. Increased levels of the hormones relaxin, estrogen and progesterone begin …

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Childbirth Medical Interventions and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

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  By: Admin   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 things. …

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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, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   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 …

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

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By Stephanie Prendergast, MPT, Cofounder, PHRC Los Angeles   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 …

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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 pelv_admin2 Comments

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, especially when pain is involved. …

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Yoga throughout Pregnancy and Beyond

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  By Shannon Pacella   This week Shannon Pacella of the Pelvic Health and Rehabilitation Center interviews a yoga instructor about the benefits of yoga before and delivery.   What is a typical Prenatal Yoga class like (length of the class, any specific areas of focus)?   Each prenatal yoga class can vary widely, depending on the teacher’s style, the …

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Fertility: The Other F Word

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The older I get, the more I realize that there is another ‘F-word.’ For many people it is a harmless word, but for others it carries the same weight as any other profanity. I am talking about fertility. For a portion of people who are sexually active, fertility is a scary word. For some, fertility can mean a pregnancy that …

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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 know …