The physical therapists at Intermountain Medical Center Physical Therapy provide specialized care for pregnant moms and new moms. We can help treat your pain during your pregnancy — or after.
The weight of your baby creates extra stress on your joints and may also cause changes to your posture and gait as your pregnancy progresses. These physical changes — along with hormonal changes — can cause pain and discomfort.
Common types of pregnancy-related pain we treat
- Sacroiliac joint pain, which is felt in the back of the hips, the groin, and the thighs
- Pubic symphysis pain, which is due to a misalignment of the pelvis
- Abdominal discomfort caused by the growing fetus
- Hip pain and groin pain, which typically affect moms in their third trimester
- Rib pain caused by pressure of the uterus
- Deconditioning caused by physical inactivity
What to expect when you come in
Typically, patients average four visits for pregnancy-related pain. Here’s what your experience is likely to include:
- First: We begin with a thorough and detailed examination to identify how you will benefit from therapy.
- Second: During your visits, you’ll receive instructions for mat work, flexibility and strengthening exercises, and posture improvement — which are tailored to meet your individual needs. Your therapist may also provide therapeutic joint mobilization to reduce pain and tension as well as gentle muscle energy work to target specific muscles.
How you’ll benefit
The benefits of movement during pregnancy have been scientifically proven to help you in several ways:
- Helps you maintain your ideal body weight during and after pregnancy
- Increases mood-enhancing chemicals in your brain and your energy levels
- Helps to decrease pain and improve sleep
- Helps to improve strength, flexibility, and walking
- Improves the flow of blood, electricity, and fluids in the body Helps to remove waste products and toxins
- Enhances breathing
- Helps to make natural birthing easier