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After Childbirth ... what should I expect of my body?

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After Childbirth ... what should I expect of my body?

Physiotherapy can help a new mother recover after childbirth, both for normal and extreme symptoms.

What is Normal Post Delivery?

During childbirth, whether you had a vaginal delivery or a caesarean delivery, your pelvic floor and abdominal muscles have been stretched.

In the weeks following childbirth a lot of healing takes place. Good habits including proper posture and gentile exercises of the pelvic floor muscles can help prevent problems down the road.

Rest is also essential. Your body and muscles have been under extreme stress over the course of your pregnancy and it needs time to recuperate and heal. Everyone knows their own body best, so remember not to rush the process and take things slow.

These  are symptoms or issues you can expect between 0-8 weeks post delivery:

  • Pain in your back, hips, or pubic area.
  • Bottom discomfort and not knowing how to sit or stand.
  • Difficulty with control over your bowels or bladder.
  • Pain in your neck, arms, back, and hips.

What is Not Normal?

Women often times feel alone after childbirth and many suffer from issues that they were simply unaware existed. 

Amy Davis in An Open Letter to the Man who Delivered my Baby writes: “Sadly it seems that a large percentage of women assume their symptoms are normal after having a child or feel ashamed and embarrassed by their condition and choose to suffer in silence”.

Getting help from a pelvic health physiotherapist early on is recommended. At this point these symptoms will often not go away on their own and improper treatment or care can lead to further issues.

At 8 weeks post delivery the following issues or symptoms are NOT normal:

  • On going back, pelvis, groin, or abdominal pain that is not improving.
  • Leaking urine; whether it is when coughing or laughing, or after a strong urge. This is also not normal after physical activity such as jumping or running.
  • Pressure or a bulging sensation from your vagina or rectum.
  • Problems completing everyday activities.

Learn More About How Physiotherapy Can Help After Childbirth

If your experience pain or have more questions about your body after childbirth, do not hesitate to contact the clinic and book a consultation with one our experienced pelvic floor physiotherapists!  

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