You may or may not have heard that you can see a physical therapist for prenatal care. The big question is, what can a pelvic floor physical therapist do for the prenatal population? A lot actually! Pelvic floor PT is not exclusive to the pelvic floor region during pregnancy. Below is a list of some of the things that a pelvic floor physical therapist can treat for an individual who is pregnant that are non-specific to the pelvic floor.
- Low back pain
- Sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain/dysfunction
- Pubic symphysis pain/dysfunction
- Sciatic pain
- Hip pain
- Groin pain
- Tailbone/Coccyx pain
- Round ligament pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Labor and birth preparation
- Posture education
- Core training
- Exercise modifications and management
Next is a list that is specific to the pelvic floor that can be improved during pregnancy.
- Urinary and fecal incontinence
- Pelvic floor pain
- Lightning crotch
- Anything else related to urinary, bowel, or pelvic floor dysfunction!
So is there a specific time a pregnant individual can see a pelvic floor PT? The answer is no. You can see a pelvic floor PT at any point during pregnancy from the first trimester up to birth and even immediately after. If you have questions regarding whether or not you can be seen for pelvic floor PT during pregnancy and what we can do for you, contact us to schedule a phone consultation!
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article 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.