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The 3rd Trimester…Home stretch!

physical therapy Mar 07, 2018

The 3rd trimester. Hopefully you are feeling fine. You may be a little tired, or you could be full of energy and vibrant. Normal gestation is considered 38-42 weeks and you are more than likely counting down the days until you see this amazing baby or babies.

During this time:
1. Your OB appointments increase
2. You may begin to experience a little more discomfort as the baby continues to grow
3. It may start to get more uncomfortable at night, either finding a comfortable position to sleep or...

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Diastasis Rectus Abdominus in the pregnant and post partum woman

Commonly referred to as DRA, this is a separation of the rectus abdominus muscle or “6-pack muscle” of the abdomen. Although it can occur in men and children (for varying reasons) it is commonly seen in women in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy and the post-partum period. Some reports state that at least 75% of women in the 3rd trimester have a diastasis, which is not surprising considering that the connective tissue has to stretch to accommodate for the growing fetus....

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Round Ligament Pain

physical therapy Feb 15, 2018

The round ligament is a ligament that attaches the uterus to the pelvis.

As pregnancy progresses and the fetus grows, so does the uterus, causing stretching of this ligament and discomfort usually at either side of the abdomen and underneath. This typically occurs from the 2nd trimester.

Pain typically lasts only for a short time but can persist even longer in some cases. It can be felt when rolling or changing positions, such as when attempting to get out of bed, with coughing, sneezing or...

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The 1st Trimester… What do I do??????

physical therapy Feb 02, 2018

Yeahhhhhh! You just found out that you are pregnant. Maybe you were planning. Maybe you weren’t. Maybe you have been trying for a while. Irregardless… Congratulations!

Your body is about to experience the miracle that is pregnancy and I will say- it is pretty awesome! Some may beg to differ and to be honest, now that I am not pregnant, looking back I still think it is, although while I was pregnant (especially with my first) I am not sure I felt that way).
Your body is about to...

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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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