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By Western Berks on April 3rd, 2018

The Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask About Pain During Pregnancy

From discomfort, pain, and even urinary incontinence, we’d like to answer a few questions we know you’ve been wanting to ask about pain during pregnancy. 


Is pain during pregnancy normal?

For many, the general response to pain during pregnancy is, “It’s just because you’re pregnant. It will go away after you give birth.” However, that’s not what research shows. Research has shown that for 80% of women, if pain or urinary incontinence hasn’t resolved itself 3 months postpartum, it’s not going to. A study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found, for example, that among women who reported having urinary incontinence at 3 months, 76.4% reported having it at 12 months postpartum. Preventing incontinence before childbirth can stave off problems postpartum. At Western Berks Physical Therapy, our Doctors of Physical Therapy can cure urinary incontinence in as little as 4 weeks through confidential, private, and non-invasive treatment.


Is exercising during pregnancy healthy and safe?

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise most days of the week throughout pregnancy. Women who exercise throughout pregnancy recover and lose their weight faster. They’re at a reduced risk for problems with their pregnancy, and their babies are healthier. At Western Berks Physical Therapy we can come up with a customized plan to help you work an exercise routine into your daily life. Whether you are working long hours or have other children at home, we can show you how you can exercise through the day to relieve pain and strengthen muscles.


My entire body aches, can physical therapy help with that?

During pregnancy, the most common areas where women experience pain are the pelvic girdle, lumbar region, and hips. This is due to hormonal changes and because a woman’s center of gravity and body mass are changing. A study showed that 30% of women who have untreated pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy later become chronic pelvic pain patients. However, just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to live with pain. It is treatable through physical therapy! The highly skilled pelvic floor therapists at Western Berks Physical Therapy help you avoid pain and incontinence during pregnancy and postpartum. Our therapists can treat any pain pregnant women are experiencing including neck, shoulder, back, mid-back, or hip pain. Every woman should have a physical therapy pelvic health checkup postpartum. If left untreated, pain can persist well into the future, but pain can be prevented or cured through effective physical therapy. Our physical therapists are here to help you!

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