During pregnancy and delivery the women's body will change significantly. Post-partum recovery is essential for long-term pelvic health. During the first year after delivery the women's ligament, hormones and tissues are still changing (especially in lactating mothers). It is a good window to treat any symptoms initiated during pregnancy or after delivery.
How can pelvic floor Physiotherapists help post-partum women?
When should I see a pelvic floor Physiotherapist?
SIDE NOTE ON BELLY WRAPS
Belly wraps can be used during the post-partum period (1-2 months post partum) to improve abdominal and back support and to help with healing. It may help to approximate the abdominal muscles, and help retrain the deeper abdominal muscles. To strengthen the deeper muscles the wrap can be used in combination with the appropriate exercises.
There are many types of wraps, make sure the pressure is greater from the bottom, so there is not too much increased downward abdominal pressure towards the perineum and lower organs. Also elastic wraps works better than non elastic ones.
Downward pressure should be avoided with symptoms of prolapse!
I sometimes recommend a spanx type high waist mid thigh shapper as the compression will be from bottom up.
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POST-PARTUM DEPRESSION (from postpartum.org)
Emotional instability, anger, guilt, tearfulness, worrying, anxious thoughts or images, feelings of inadequacy and the inability to cope are signs of post-partum depression. It can occur shortly after the arrival of a baby or months after. Post-partum depression needs to be treated as soon as possible.
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