How Soon After Having A Baby Can I Resume Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?

June 7, 2024

As a pelvic health physical therapist, a question I get often is, "When should I come back to physical therapy after my baby is born?" Typically there's no clear answer to this. While our society dictates 6 weeks as the "normal" recovery period; in reality, we should address the body (especially the pelvic floor) both before this period and far after it. The short answer is: you can come in whenever you need it!

Generally speaking, pelvic floor physical therapists will wait to do an internal pelvic floor assessment until your 6-week follow-up appointment to ensure everything has healed appropriately. But that does not mean you can't return to pelvic floor PT sooner. If you are having pain, dysfunction, or want professional guidance, you may return to physical therapy before the 6-week mark. 

During the first 6 weeks postpartum, a pelvic floor physical therapist can assess the bones and muscles surrounding your pelvis to optimize function and reduce your pain. Your physical therapist can prescribe initial exercises for postpartum including abdominal and pelvic floor activation, as well as diaphragmatic breathing exercises. You may also review breastfeeding posture, lifting techniques, and posture. Strategies for improved bowel and bladder functioning can also be implemented very soon after delivering your baby, whether it is a vaginal delivery or cesarean. All of these things can be hugely beneficial before the routine 6-week follow up.

If you are struggling with knowing what to do and what not to do in the first weeks postpartum, do not hesitate to reach out to a pelvic floor physical therapist for guidance and support. 

Need help? Contact me at Activcore Littleton for a free phone consultation to learn if pelvic floor physical therapy is right for you.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this post are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.

Dr. Rachel Gerton

Physical Therapist
Rachel Gerton is a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) who specializes in pelvic health with a particular interest in helping pregnant and postpartum moms. She also enjoys treating kids and those experiencing pelvic pain. She works at Activcore in Denver, Colorado, located just one mile from the popular Cherry Creek Shopping District. She also works at Activcore in Littleton, Colorado, which is located inside the Womens Health Care Associates OBGYN clinic.
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