There is never a bad time to check in with a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist to ensure your pelvic floor is healthy and functioning well; however, if you recently found out you are pregnant, then the best time to start pelvic floor physiotherapy is in the second trimester (around 15-20+ weeks).
Even though pelvic floor assessments are incredibly safe, most Pelvic Floor Physiotherapists won’t do an internal exam prior to 15 weeks as a precaution.
The second trimester is a good time to check in with your pelvic floor because you start to notice changes in your posture, core, digestive health, bowel and bladder, strength, mobility, and sleep. Common complaints during pregnancy include low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, heaviness and pressure on the pelvic floor, and urinary incontinence.
In addition to addressing these issues, Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy can help prepare you for labour and delivery and minimize the risk of core and pelvic floor dysfunction, including perineal tears, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, and diastasis recti (abdominal separation).
Prenatal Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Involves:
Pelvic floor muscle training
Perineal massage & desensitization
Birth breathing techniques
Exercises to keep you active & healthy during pregnancy
Preparation on what to expect postpartum
Of course, you can also see a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist before getting pregnant to address any underlying musculoskeletal issues early on. Prevention is key.
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