Why You Should Consult a Physical Therapist After Having a Baby

Ask any woman who has recently had a baby if her body changed during that 9 month process. The resounding answer will be “Yes!” These body changes affect the way you sit, stand, walk, and even sleep. Then comes the birth of your baby! There are hours of stretching, pushing, pulling, potential tearing, and even possible major surgery in the form of a cesarean. Does that sound like a walk in the park or more like a serious injury?

Here is some common advice new moms get, “Just rest, recover, and slowly ease back into exercise as you feel you can after your 6 week checkup.” Sound familiar? Does that seem like adequate medical advice for what you just went through or what activities you hope to return to? How do you know when you are ready to return to the gym, running, Crossfit, or yoga? What are the symptoms that your pelvic floor is not recovering as it should? Is there a danger in returning to activities too soon?

Great News! That outdated care and lack of information is about to go out the window. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) released new recommendations in April 2018 acknowledging the lack of follow up care for women post delivery.

ACOG now recommends that postpartum care should be an ongoing process, rather than a single encounter

Women have different problems at all different times in that first year of recovery so a single visit at 6 weeks post delivery is no longer cutting it. Each woman’s recovery from birth is as unique as her new baby. These 6 areas that now must be included in care:

• mood and emotional well-being
• infant care and feeding

• sexuality contraception and birth spacing
• sleep and fatigue
• physical recovery from birth
• chronic disease management
• health maintenance

Do you want to return to being a fit and healthy person even though you are a mother now? Of course you do! Physical therapists are the ideal providers to address the majority of these conditions. We will customize a plan for you based completely on your strengths and struggles but most importantly on who you want to be at the end of the sessions.