Pregnancy and eventual childbirth put a heavy burden on a woman’s body, often causing long-lasting problems that did not exist before conception. The process of growing a child and bringing it into the world is absolutely beautiful and transforming but any person who would say it is not also difficult at times is not being honest. When a mother is given the physical and emotional support she needs, her body will respond positively in return, but a lack of these supports may cause the body to suffer more. No matter the circumstances of the pregnancy and birth, you could benefit greatly from physiotherapy. Not only should you feel better more quickly but it can help you adjust to the changes in your body resulting from the birth.
What many new mothers are not told about until well into their pregnancies is the threat of both urinary and faecal incontinence. No mother would want to experience urine or faeces leakage after giving birth but it is something that can affect the large majority of women after giving birth. Women who are obese or have had multiple children are at a higher risk of this unpleasant side effect. Even if you never do have children, age alone can cause the risk to raise. However, physiotherapy post pregnancy can help you battle this symptom and reduce or even eliminate the problem.
Physiotherapists treat incontinence without the need for invasive or uncomfortable methods. No surgery or drugs should be required for you to feel in control of your body and they can help you feel just that. A study taken in 2003 by the International Urogynecology Journal discovered that nearly half of 144 new mothers studied experienced urinary incontinence both during and immediately following their pregnancies. In addition, 38% of those mothers were still suffering from the problem eight weeks after giving birth. Of the 144 women, six reported both faecal and urinary incontinence. It was found that there was a need to develop a strategy to prevent and treat incontinence during this timeframe. With physiotherapy, you can do exactly that without ever once experiencing the sting of a needle.
Scar Tissue and Pelvic Pain
Physiotherapy strategies help you battle pelvic pain after pregnancy, something many mothers who had Caesarean sections experience. The reported rate for C-sections in Australia is higher today than ever before and scarring is a natural part of the healing process. However, when left to heal without help after a C-section or abdominal surgery, incision sites could develop lasting pain. This was also found to be true of tears or episiotomies from childbirth.
Lower back pain, sexual dysfunction, and pain during intercourse were all also reported as side effects of scarring without help. Physiotherapy can help keep scars from joining the wrong tissues together and also help you feel less pain over time. The more that you do for yourself now, the less likely you are to find another pregnancy difficult. In addition, it should be easier on you the second time around, although you should absolutely return for more physiotherapy after the second childbirth.