Pregnancy & Postpartum PT
Bodies are meant to change, with events such as child birth, menopause, or surgery, we may need help to recover properly.
As women, our bodies can do amazing things.
Should I Consider Physical Therapy?
Pregnancy and childbirth will impact your pelvic health. But rest assured many of these issues are both incredibly common and highly-treatable.
Pain at rest or with activity in the:
- lower back
- pelvic floor walls/muscles
- increased urinary frequency
- urinary urgency
- difficulty with emptying the bladder completely
Urinary incontinence or leaking
Especially during activity:
Incision scar pain and/or hypersensitivity
- Assisted vaginal delivery
- Cesarean deliveries
- Vaginal tears
- Fecal incontinence
- Obstructed defecation
- Straining/feeling of incomplete emptying
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
- One or more organs drop into or out of the vagina due to lack of ligament and/or muscle support.
- Abdominal Separation
Decreased capacity for exercise
- Related to nursing, carrying, and wearing your baby
Upper back and neck pain
- Associated with breast-feeding
What is Prenatal & Postpartum Physical Therapy?
Many physical changes occur during pregnancy and the postpartum period which impacts the musculoskeletal system. A trained physical therapist can guide women through recovery and into resuming normal daily activities.
Standard of Care: Postpartum
The purpose of this standard of care is to highlight best practices for pelvic health physical therapists when identifying, examining, evaluating, and treating women in the postpartum stage.
Take action, reach out, and let’s talk.
The first step toward recovery is to schedule an appointment with us.
When should I seek help?
If your symptoms prevent you from doing what you love and need to do, please reach out. So many of the individuals we work with will say, “I wish I would have known about this sooner!” or “Why don’t more people talk about this?”
Awareness is the first step and there are many conservative options available for treatment and self-management. We are on a mission to help women take control of their health and be their best advocate!
Is PT treatment necessary?
Physical therapy harnesses the natural healing capacity of the body. The sooner a woman sees a therapist, the better. Since issues left unaddressed can become greater imbalances later.
However, it is never too late seek out help. We treat many women even decades after childbirth who can still benefit from treatment.
“I was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse shortly after the birth of my fourth child. I started suspecting something was wrong when I felt a bulge in my vagina…
…I am happy to report that physical therapy worked! After 6 weeks of physical therapy, my doctor said my prolapse was gone. If you have ever been pregnant, my advice to you is to get assessed by a pelvic floor physical therapist!”
Read Jiadi’s full story here.
Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapist
Be treated by a specialist.
Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT is an Internal Pelvic Health Physical Therapist. She earned the Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Health Physical Therapy (CAPP-Pelvic) from the APTA.
She is passionate about helping women and eager to educate the community about how our bodies can change and what to do about it. Awareness, is the first step and then there are many conservative options available for treatment and self-management.
Call 217-398-9800 to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with a physical therapist.
Pregnancy & Postpartum Resources
The purpose of this standard of care is to highlight best practices for pelvic health physical therapists when identifying, examining, evaluating, and treating women in the postpartum stage. Pregnancy and childbirth can negatively impact the pelvic floor, abdomen, and...
I was diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse shortly after the birth of my fourth child. I started suspecting something was wrong when I felt a bulge in my vagina. It felt like a fullness, like something was sitting at the entrance of my vagina. I’ve had that feeling...
A certified pelvic health therapist, like Jasmine, can help you return to your life without worry and without pain. Congratulations to Jasmine Evans, PT, DPT at Mettler Center for her amazing accomplishment! Her dedication to pelvic health physical therapy is...