POST PARTUM CARE
Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! Now that your baby’s here, now WHAT do you do with your body!?!?
Whether you had a caesarian section or a vaginal birth your body has just completed the most strenuous feat. After the adrenaline and fatigue wear off you may be wondering what has happened to your body? Things may not feel normal in your abdomen or your pelvis. That is where Intuitive Hands Physical Therapy can help!
Remember you have just had major surgery! You need to be protective of your abdomen and not lift anything heavier than your baby. It’s very important to watch the way you get up and down from laying, always remembering to roll over to your side first. Your activities should be limited the first 6 weeks until you get the all clear from your MD that your incision is well healed.
Once you get that clearance it is VERY IMPORTANT to massage your scar. You want to move the scar up, down, side to side and rub it between your fingers. There are many layers you want to work through so start off superficially and work till you can move the tissues deep down in the abdomen. It may be very tender initially but do what you can to keep the scar tissue from adhering to other tissues. It’s been my experience that 10-15 years down the road women come to me with frequency of urination. They have scar tissue from their c-sections that is inhibiting the bladder from expanding. A session or two of scar tissue release work gets them back to normal voiding frequencies. You can avoid this by massaging your scar early on.
The pelvis is amazing in its ability to open up to pass a baby through its canal. Sometimes during labor the mechanics of the pelvis opening doesn’t work properly and you can experience a difficult delivery and have lots of back labor or pelvic pains. If the delivery was traumatic in any way the pelvis can have a hard time going back into its normal position, thus creating pain for you. At Intuitive Hands Physical Therapy we specialize in helping the pelvis find its natural home and help you get out of pain after delivery.
THE PELVIC FLOOR
It is quite common to experience a tear to the pelvic floor during childbirth. Depending on the degree of tear, from 1st to 4th degree, you can develop scar tissue that can inhibit the pelvic floor. Scar tissue is not as flexible as our normal tissue so intercourse can be somewhat painful the first couple of times after childbirth. If intercourse continues to be painful please see a women’s health physical therapist to have them work on your pelvic floor and release any scar tissue that may be present.
Scar tissue can also inhibit the pelvic floor muscles from contracting as strongly as they could thus leaving you with weakness that could contribute to stress incontinence. Just like our shoulders get knots in them, our pelvic floor does the same. These knots can be caused by scar tissue and can prevent the muscles from contracting fully. A session of soft tissue mobilization, using just a gloved finger can help work out those knots and free up the scar tissue so the muscles can work more normally. You can really tell a difference in a “Kegel” contraction after your muscles have been fully released.
EVERY MOM SHOULD HAVE A BODYWORK SESSION AFTER CHILDBIRTH
Your body has just completed the most arduous task! Think about what your body has been through in the last 10 months. The baby grew so big, your belly was huge and what do you think happened to your organs? The baby pushed them way up into your chest and somehow they find their way back down but in the meantime they can create some mid back pains as you try to care for your wee one.
Your pelvis can get out of whack from opening so wide to allow the baby through and could use help finding its place back home again.
If you had a c-section the doctors might have taken all your small and large intestines out and go through them all to make sure there’s no kink in them before sewing you back up. I’ve had several women come to me complaining of things just not feeling quite right in the pelvis and abdomen after the surgery, and they were right.
One session can help you feel back to normal again. We can check to make sure your organs are happy and in their rightful places, make sure your abdominal tissues can move freely, and check to make sure your pelvis and pelvic floor are working right and all the pieces are in their proper place.
So any aches and pains you may have post partum can be addressed in a treatment session with Lynn.
Contact her today for your post partum session for your ticket back to feeling normal in your body again!
Hi Lynn – I wanted to tell you that last night was the first night since my last pregnancy that I slept a solid 8 hours without having to get up to pee. Unbelievable! And all day I have felt so different too – I can’t really describe it. It’s like what you said, I haven’t really thought about my bladder every 10 minutes like before because it wasn’t bothering me! Again, I thought I was bordering on a compulsive disorder with how much this issue defined my life.
So I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart – if I can write a testimonial for you or share my story please just let me know. Now I know that no amount of kegels, core conditioning, etc. was going to help this problem go away – I am just so relieved that I found you and I avoided a costly surgery because of it.