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5 Foods to Alleviate Constipation In The Pregnant Woman

physical therapy Jan 19, 2018

One of the problems that can plague the pregnant woman is constipation, affecting up to 40% of women.  As if you didn’t have enough going on “in your middle” already! This in part is due to increased progesterone causing smooth muscle relaxation and a decrease in gastrointestinal (GI) function. In addition, dehydration  due to nausea/ morning sickness, the growing uterus and it’s stress on abdominal structures and the iron in your prenatal vitamins may also...

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Post-partum SEX…The Elephant in the room

physical therapy Jan 11, 2018

There is a myriad of things that happen to you and your body as you go through pregnancy. Besides physical changes, of which there are many, there are also hormonal and emotional changes. You may or may not have been sexually active during your pregnancy and you have been told you need to wait those 6 weeks before your doctor will give you the go ahead for most things, including sex.

Your 6 weeks have come… you had your appointment and you got the green light…but why...

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Tis the season…

physical therapy Dec 18, 2017

It’s that time of year…where you are thinking of gift giving and the like. Many of you may know of someone, a friend, relative, coworker or otherwise that is pregnant at this time and you may be thinking “What can I get them?”. If this thought has crossed your mind, read on… especially if they are close to giving birth.

As a new mom, people share in your joy. I mean come on… to push out in some cases an 8 or 9 pound being is nothing short of comparable...

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Why Post-partum Physical Therapy Should Be The New Standard of Care

So… you had a baby. Congratulations!

You got pregnant and watched your body go through these AMAZING changes over a period of 9 months. There were even changes that you did not see. These included:
– the stretching of the linea alba as the abdominal muscles and connective tissues stretches to accommodate your growing stomach
– the relaxation of pelvic ligaments to accommodate for growth of the baby by also labor
– stretching of muscles to accommodate for the...

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C-sections…Do they really save your pelvic floor?

While the level of trauma known with vaginal delivery is not the same as that with a cesarean, there is still a risk for trauma to the pelvic floor. According to research, planned cesareans are not protective of urinary incontinence as 40% still report it (MacArthur et al., 2011), nor pelvic organ prolapse (Glazener et al., 2013).

Not to mention, scar tissue which can adhere to and cause restrictions with the fascia of the abdominal muscles and those of the pelvic floor.

This...

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