Being tired and overwhelmed is normal after having a new baby, but health experts say constant pain and discomfort is not normal. “Some of the things that people might say is oh my back just hurts because I’ve been carrying the baby and them just kind of blow those things off. Sometimes painful intercourse, sometimes urinary incontinence, and those things might be normal for a couple of days, but beyond that, they are not normal,” said Janna Trottier, a rehabilitation services manager with Coconut Point.
Trottier works with moms before and after delivery to help them manage any new symptoms. “So usually what we focus on is just some of the things that women typically don’t like to talk about maybe to their doctor, or they don’t know that they need to talk about it,” she said.
Many times physical therapy can help new moms manage things like back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, pelvic floor pain, and urinary incontinence. “Having someone who is a physical therapist that’s trained in women’s health can kind of discuss those things with you. We can prescribe exercises, very specially designed for what you need,” said Trottier.
After an evaluation, physical therapists can also teach moms safer ways to move after having a baby. “We do a lot of positional techniques teaching you what’s more comfortable, strengthening your body,” she said.
Helping moms comfortably address and manage new symptoms so they can feel better and enjoy motherhood.
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