You’ve Got This!
Whether this is your first time experiencing pregnancy or your fourth time, we are here to help keep your pelvic floor healthy and happy.
You see, pregnancy and birth are two very physical events that can impact your body in a major way. For decades, women have been told that pelvic floor or core dysfunction is simply a part of having a baby. But we beg to differ.
Our passion is to see women go into birth as prepared as they can be, and to come out of the experience intact – body, mind, heart, and spirit.
In order to do this, there are some basic things you need to know that can make all the difference for your upcoming birth and for life beyond!
Please – allow us to share them with you.
You may have heard that birth is a natural and intuitive event. We completely agree! But unfortunately in our current society, knowing what to do and how to do it doesn’t always come naturally.
Our generation of birthers are often surprised at how intense and challenging birth can be. And for some it is the most physically rigorous thing they will ever do.
Just like running a marathon, birth is an event that requires stamina, fortitude, endurance, and resilience of both body and mind. And many pregnant moms don’t realize it but postpartum is an even longer time period where your physical capacity is tested day in and day out.
Therefore your 40 weeks of pregnancy is the perfect time to get prepared for the physical demands of not only childbirth but of life with baby. Working with a pelvic floor physiotherapist during your pregnancy will help:
1. Prepare you physically (both externally and internally) for birth and beyond;
2. Build your capacity for an empowered birth (vaginally, by cesearean, or a VBAC) by teaching important pelvic floor principles and birthing skills;
3. Optimize your postpartum recovery; and
4. Minimize or avoid many pelvic health conditions that arise following pregnancy and childbirth – such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, or pelvic pain.
We are incredibly passionate about pregnancy and birth. It grieves and frustrates us when mothers have negative outcomes or when they experience birth trauma. We know – and the research backs us up – that great birth outcomes are possible with knowledge, preparation, practice, advocacy, and a commitment to evidence based care on the part of health care providers and health systems.
We strongly believe that it is possible to alter the trajectory of a women’s lifelong health (for the better) by taking pelvic health seriously during pregnancy and childbirth.
The pelvic girdle, pelvic floor, uterine muscle, and inner core unit are all intimately involved with the process of childbirth. The pelvis is baby’s first cradle and it’s orientation during pregnancy and childbirth can impact outcomes during labour and delivery. We teach exercises and strategies to help mom create more space and help baby position optimally for birth.
Prevention of childbirth related pelvic floor problems (such as incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, or pelvic pain) is a huge goal of prenatal pelvic floor physiotherapy. We will teach you how to decrease excessive strain pressures on the pelvic floor during labour and delivery. We also aim to minimize/avoid perineal tears and prevent levator ani avulsions (which is when one of the pelvic floor muscles detaches from the pubic bone).
Our goal is to help you have an awesome pregnancy and birth. We do this by helping get your abdominal wall and pelvic floor in best possible condition for childbirth, helping you move without pain during pregnancy, creating balance and symmetry within the pelvic girdle, training muscle compliance, strength, and endurance, providing pelvic-health focused prenatal education, and being a resource for you. Our programs include:
- Teaching you to train your pelvic floor muscles to be strong, supple, and compliant for birth and quick recovery postpartum
- Strategies to minimize your chances of tearing, episiotomy, and use of instruments (forceps/vacuum)
- Options for positioning your body during labour and delivery so your work of birthing is efficient
- Ideas to encourage optimal position of baby in the pelvic cradle
- Pain neuroscience and the many mind-body methods to manage sensations and discomforts during labour
- Strategies for movement and mobility during pregnancy and into labour
- Explaining the amazing powers of your uterus and how to harness the power of your uterine muscle contractions
- The process of labour and delivery – early labour, active labour, pushing phase, and placental delivery
- When to push, how to push, how not to push, and how to manage pressures on the core and pelvic floor
- Which prenatal exercises are best to practice for labour and delivery
- The vital connection between your diaphragm and pelvic floor, breath and efficiency in labour
- What is normal and not normal for your body to experience during the first few weeks & months postpartum
- Must haves for your postpartum care kit – whether you have a vaginal birth or a c-section
- Postpartum abdominal wrapping – when to, when not to, how to, why to, who would benefit
- Preventing and treating the top five postpartum pelvic and abdominal problems – incontinence, prolapse, scar pain, diastasis recti, sexual pain, and musculoskeletal pain
- Guidelines for recovery if you have a c-section
- What you need to know about resuming postpartum sex
- A simple restorative program for the first 6 weeks post partum
- Guidelines for safe return to exercise, sports, running, fitness, impact, or heavy lifting post partum
- Understanding the physical demands of life with the baby – from holding, carrying, lifting, nursing positions, hauling car seats and other gear – so you can prevent neck, back, wrist, and other muscloskeletal pain
Our Prenatal Programs
We start by getting to know you and understanding your experience of pregnancy so far. We also ask about your birth dreams, hopes, and expectations. We will inquire about your past and current pelvic health, past pregnancies, and look at your overall health picture as well.
After this, we check out how your unique body is working and let you know what we find. Our programs include custom recommendations, childbirth preparation, hands on strategies, practical advice, step by step home exercise protocols, email support, accountability, educational resources, product recommendations, reports to your healthcare team, and more.
All that we offer is designed to help prepare your body to birth unhindered, and to set you up for a great postpartum recovery.
Our prenatal programs are perfect for you if you…
Are pregnant for the first time and are the proactive type, interested in preventative care, and want to optimize your pregnancy and birth
Have had a baby before, didn’t have a great time with your pelvic floor, and want things to go better this time around
Are currently dealing with pelvic floor issues such as incontinence, heaviness, vulvar varicosities, diastasis recti, etc
Are interested in a holistic approach to birth, and in understanding the role your brain plays in preparing for birth
I went for pelvic floor physio [at The Mama’s Physio] both while pregnant and after delivering my son. I credit it with why I never had any incontinence, was able to push so well in labour and with how quickly I healed. The staff are incredible and very welcoming. I highly recommend it for every pregnancy, totally worth the visit!