Having a baby is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. For mothers, however, it’s also one of the most difficult and physically taxing times. Pregnancy takes a toll on the body, causing back pain, aching feet, and tired legs. Physical therapy during pregnancy can help alleviate these issues and help you focus more on the anticipation of your bundle of joy. Covered by most insurance policies, physical therapy can be an affordable way of making your pregnancy easier and more comfortable. Whether it’s your first baby or your fifth, prenatal physical therapy comes with undeniable benefits for any mother. Here’s just a glimpse of what physical therapy during pregnancy can do for you:
1. Pregnancy Back Pain Relief
Ask any mother and most will agree that one of the top nuisances during pregnancy is back pain. For many, it is more than just a nuisance, back pain during pregnancy can be debilitating. Roughly 50 to 70 percent of mothers will experience lower back pain during their pregnancy and for various different reasons such as:
- Posture Change
- Shifted Center of Gravity
- Pregnancy Hormones
- Additional Stress
A physical therapist will be able to teach mothers at-home exercises to alleviate back pain during pregnancy to strengthen back muscles and help posture without causing any harm to the mother or the baby. Prenatal physical therapy can also help adjust your back to relieve some of the pressure placed on sensitive nerves, especially the sciatic nerve which is a common issue with pregnant women. They can also recommend certain sleeping positions to make you more comfortable during your pregnancy that can help your body get more rest and recovery. Anybody with lower back pain during pregnancy, especially those who find themselves unable to complete daily tasks because of it, should consult a physical therapist.
2. Pregnancy and Pelvic Health
While the lower back is the most common problem area during pregnancy, the pelvic area is also a crucial part of your body to prepare for pregnancy and childbirth. Childbirth can be a very difficult time for women, so it’s important to go into delivery day armed with as much knowledge and preparation as possible. Prenatal physical therapy can help you prepare by learning how to push, how to relax your muscles, and preparing your muscles and tissue to make it easier to push the baby when it’s time. Just like you would prepare your body to run a marathon, it’s important to train your muscles for childbirth.
3. Stress Urinary Incontinence During Pregnancy
Stress Urinary Incontinence, otherwise known as SUI, is a common yet under-reported occurrence among pregnant women. SUI during pregnancy is when a woman involuntary expels urine when exercising or exerting themselves in any way. It’s reported that 67% of women experience SUI during their pregnancy and as many as 38% of women during the three months after delivery. While not extremely detrimental to one’s health, it can damage one’s psyche and self-confidence.
Prenatal physical therapy helps you gain control over SUI by strengthening the muscles near the pelvis and the bladder and changing behavior that can help induce SUI. The misconception that SUI is a guarantee after childbirth is exactly that: a misconception. Through physical therapy during pregnancy, the muscles can be strengthened to the point of SUI being a non-factor. In fact, 80% of women who actively underwent prenatal physical therapy claimed that they had no issues of incontinence during their pregnancy or postpartum. Just going to physical therapy a few times a week can make all the difference for your postpartum confidence.
Prenatal Physical Therapy Near You
So you’ve read the information on prenatal physical therapy and decided to give it a try, but where do you go from there? Luckily, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy has 18 convenient locations throughout New York and New Jersey offering physical therapy routines during your pregnancy. For more information, feel free to contact us by choosing one of our locations and a physical therapy specialist will be able to assist you in any way possible. JAG-ONE Physical Therapy would be happy and proud to help you through the journey of welcoming your new baby into the world.