I recently finished being a part of Lynn Schulte Leech Birth Healing summit and learned so much about the benefits of physical therapy both before and after pregnancy. I wanted to share with you something I learned that has really helped me in treating my postpartum patients.
Did you know that oftentimes your pelvis can still be stuck in the birthing position and you don’t even know it? When you give birth your sacrum needs to move backward in the first phase of labor and then move forward again toward the later part. Your sit bones also have to separate during birth to allow passage and can also stay in this lengthened position after. A birthing pelvis can lead to right side back pain because your sacrum gets jammed to the right. Pain with sitting is also common due to the new position of your sit bones and sacrum. Your pelvis may be higher on the right shifting your pelvis to the left. This can throw off your gait and promotes wasted energy. This may be why you are feeling so tired throughout the day. (In addition to the frequent baby wake up calls!)
As a Women’s Health PT One of the first things I now check is the position of the pelvis and the sacrum. As a PT I can use manual interventions to mobilize your pelvis and sacrum back into position. This can alleviate your back pain, sitting pain, and fix your gait! Did you know in other countries women are given a script for Physical therapy at their 6 week postpartum visit? I wish we did the same in the United States.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above please seek out a physical therapist who specialize in women’s health. If you are here in Rhode Island, please contact us at OrthoCore Physical Therapy to learn more!