Women’s Health: Physiotherapy During Pregnancy

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Common problems during pregnancy can be:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Back pain
  • Stress urinary incontinence

These symptoms often occur due to hormonal changes and the ever-increasing weight of your baby and uterus.
Low back pain and pelvic pain are common during pregnancy due to the changes your body is going through. But this doesn’t mean that you have to put up with the pain. There is much evidence to support physiotherapy for pelvic pain in pregnancy.

Do you leak urine when you sneeze?
Do you find it harder to hold your urine when you need to go?

There is evidence to suggest that if you develop stress urinary incontinence during your pregnancy, or within the 6 weeks following the birth of your baby, you are more likely to suffer from incontinence 5 years later.

Women’s health physiotherapy can make sure that you are doing the correct exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor throughout pregnancy and afterwards. Pilates-based exercises are also valuable throughout your pregnancy to strengthen the supporting muscles of the pelvis and ease the pressure on the pelvic floor.

After an assessment, treatment may include:

  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Soft tissue massage/release
  • Pilates exercises
  • Acupuncture
  • Advice and education

Ali Cann is our specialist senior women’s health physiotherapist at KTB.
You can see her from Wednesday – Friday at our Bexley Clinic.

Contact us to make an appointment.