Prenatal therapy

 

 

As a pregnant woman, your body is faced to several big changes in a short period of time. To experience less physical problems due to these changes, prenatal physiotherapy is incredibly important.

These prenatal sessions are not the same as the sessions given by a midwife. Both sessions are an absolute must for every pregnant woman.

It consists of 3 as important parts:

  • the treatment of symptoms like back and neck ache, pelvic instability, painful abdominal muscles, muscle fatigue, edema, and many more.

  • the preventive training of the pelvic floor. In several qualitative studies, they found that women who trained their pelvic floor (and core stability) from the 20th week of pregnancy, experienced less urinary incontinence in the first years after pregnancy. This problem, also known as (unwanted) urinary loss, is a very common problem during pregnancy, but also after delivery. (also after a C-section!)

  • the practical side of the delivery itself : When do you go to the hospital? How does a delivery go in general? What is a contraction ? How do we need to push? What kind of breathing techniques do you need to do so that the delivery can go quite fluent.                                            

  • This and much more will be discussed during 2 or 3 sessions. I prefer that your partner joins you during this session.

Link to the website of the midwives in our region. (De Levensboom.)

Postnatal physical therapy in my practice

 

When are you supposed to start with postnatal therapy?

(always advised by your gynecologist/doctor)

 

  1. After a natural birth (vaginal), you can start after 6 to 8 weeks.

  2. After a C-section (Caesarean) you can start after 8 weeks.

    You can already start with pelvic floor muscle training a few days after your delivery, if you already learned it with a physiotherapist.

 

What do we do during these postnatal sessions?

  • Pelvic floor exercises : Intensive training of the pelvic floor to prevent or treat symptoms like urinary incontinence, prolapse, and more.                                                                

  • Strengthening of the abdominal muscles. (Closure of a possible diastases of the straight abdominal muscles.)                                                                

  •  Core stability training                                                                 

  • General reconditioning, progressive strength- and endurance training                                                                      

  • Treatment of eventual symptoms/problems.                                                              

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