No matter how you decide to bring your little one(s) into the world, having birth preferences in place can help you feel more prepared physically, mentally, and emotionally for the experience. Through creating your plan, you’ll learn about your labor and delivery...
Folks opting for an unmedicated or natural birth might use breathing techniques, hot and/or cold compresses, massage, counterpressure, aromatherapy, water therapy, meditation, labor tools like birthing balls, and other methods to manage the pain of labor and...
Childbirth can feel intimidating. And we often come into labor and delivery with a lot of questions… How painful will this *actually* be? Am I going to poop? How to prevent tearing during birth? Perineal tearing during childbirth is a common fear—and something we’ve...
Pregnancy changes our bodies in extraordinary ways. But pain and discomfort during pregnancy aren’t inevitable! Pelvic floor physical therapy during pregnancy is one way we can proactively take care of our body. And the earlier we can start, the better. The Benefits...
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) can feel like a daunting diagnosis. And combining pregnancy with existing prolapse may deepen your concerns… Is prolapse during pregnancy safe—for both you and your baby? Will your POP get worse? Will your pelvic floor ever recover? It may...
You’ve likely discovered that pregnancy isn’t all unicorns, rainbows, and “You’re positively glowing!” As if “morning” sickness, tender breasts, and round ligament pain weren’t enough, pregnancy can also be a real pain in the butt. Literally. Yes, my friends, today...
Round ligament pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy and can make normal activities a minefield of discomfort. Listed below are some round ligament pain stretches to relieve you. What Does Round Ligament Pain Feel Like? Round ligament pain most often feels like...
What exactly is a VBAC? VBAC stands for vaginal birth after cesarean and is a delivery option for mothers who have had a cesarean delivery prior to their current pregnancy. While vaginal birth after cesarean was not always thought of as a safe option for moms, the most recent research shows that VBAC can be a great option when the patient is an appropriate candidate.
You can (and should!) exercise throughout your pregnancy as you are able. You should continue to exercise as you were before pregnancy and modify along the way as your pregnancy progresses to decrease intensity, avoid lying on your back after 14 weeks and avoid any exercises that contribute to pain or discomfort. Any new workouts or exercise regimes should first be cleared with your doctor and/or your pelvic floor PT.
A very common and often uncomfortable side effect reported during pregnancy is constipation. Signs and symptoms of constipation can be variable but can leave you looking for any source of relief! The good news is that a few lifestyle changes may help provide some relief of symptoms and get you back to a more regular pooping schedule. Check out our top tips for easing constipation during pregnancy.
While this is a less common occurrence than morning sickness, back pain, or the constant urge to pee, vulvar varicosities can happen during pregnancy and can be a significant source of discomfort for women, especially in the last trimester.
Yes, “vagina massage” is a thing but it’s definitely more than just rubbing on some muscles down there! Here’s what it is, plus how it can help.
Helping prepare your body and vagina for childbirth. The deep squat helps relax your pelvic floor muscles and prepare your perineum to stretch.
Essentials for labor and delivery as told by a pelvic floor physical therapist. Your five must-haves for your postpartum recovery!
Two must-have pregnancy supports and why they help relieve pain.
Pubic bone pain can happen during pregnancy and feels like sharp or shooting pubic bone or groin pain when you roll over in bed, take a step, stand on one leg getting dressed or get out of the car.
Why you may have never heard of Meralgia parasthetica and what it means for thigh pain during pregnancy. Diagnosis, causes, and treatments explained here.
Pubic bone pain or SPD during pregnancy and postpartum.
Looking back on my third trimester, (I’m now 7 weeks postpartum but finally getting a chance to write out my thoughts) I’m going to share with you a bit about what I loved, what I disliked, what I think helped, and my thoughts during week 40 an 41.
I learned that birth outcomes can truly improve if a person is in an environment they feel comfortable and respected in whether that be at home, at a birth center, or at a hospital. Whether that be with midwives, doulas, OBGYNS, family practice docs, just yourself, your family or anything in between.
Good posture is always important, but during pregnancy it is essential.
A pelvic health PT shares her tips for navigating second trimester.
Top Five Tips to navigate your first trimester of pregnancy
My must reads for pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and your relationship after babies.