Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy

At Sage Physical Therapy, we are passionate about prenatal and postpartum physical therapy. Our hope is that by talking about the pelvic floor and acknowledging the discomfort or pain we are feeling, it can help normalize conversations around the changes a body can experience as a result of carrying, delivering, and taking care of a child.

Click here to watch a TED talk about Rethinking Postpartum Care in the United States.

Prenatal physical therapy can help you maintain a healthy level of physical activity during pregnancy and prepare your body for giving birth. Prenatal physical therapy can include:
Pelvic floor physical therapy
Reducing pelvic girdle (tail bone) discomfort
Using biofeedback and education to prepare for labor and the birthing process.
Postpartum physical therapy can help regain strength in the core and pelvic floor and reduce the risk for postpartum pain and incontinence. Postpartum physical therapy services include:
Minimizing Back Pain
Addressing Diastasis Recti Abdominis
Post-Partum Pelvic Floor Rehab (including incontinence and prolapse)
Post-Partum Posture Retraining
Sacroiliac Pain
Releasing tight scar tissue (c-section incisions & perinea nerve tears)
Safely return to your favorite sport or activities.

The Value of Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy

Did you know that pelvic floor physical therapy is considered standard postnatal care in many countries around the world? In these countries, a new parent can receive care after pregnancy to assist with their full recovery after the stress on the body of pregnancy and childbirth.

Click here to read an article about France’s Healthcare for New Parents.

No matter how you delivered your baby, your body went through significant changes over the course of your pregnancy. As a new parent, you’ll experience new movement patterns from frequent bending, carrying, and lifting to meet the needs of a newborn.
Physical Therapists can help you feel more comfortable in your body and achieve your movement goal through patient education, manual therapy, and at-home exercises to help regain stability and improve functional tasks to prevent pain and further injury.