How much time does it take to fully recover your pelvic floor after pregnancy? - Legacy Physical Therapy
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How much time does it take to fully recover your pelvic floor after pregnancy?

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Bringing a new life into the world is a transformative and beautiful experience, but it also comes with significant changes to a woman’s body. Post-pregnancy recovery is a crucial phase that requires time, patience, and sometimes, professional guidance such as pelvic floor physical therapy (PT). The answer to how long it takes to recover is a nuanced answer as it has many factors that influence an individual’s timeline. 

Pregnancy and childbirth can impact the pelvic floor muscles significantly. These muscles support the bladder, uterus, and rectum and play a crucial role in core stability. Many women experience issues like pelvic pain, incontinence, or pelvic organ prolapse postpartum. 

Immediate Postpartum Period:
   After childbirth, the body undergoes immediate changes as it begins the process of healing. The first few weeks are primarily focused on managing physical discomfort, bleeding, and allowing the body to start its natural healing process. During this time, rest and gentle movements are essential to prevent strain.

Initial Weeks to Months:
   The initial weeks to months postpartum are crucial for the body to recover from the physical stress of pregnancy and childbirth. This period involves adjusting to the demands of caring for a newborn, sleep deprivation, and hormonal fluctuations. It’s important to prioritize self-care and listen to your body during this time. Typically we like to see our patients for the first follow up during this stage, around the 6 week mark once they have been cleared by their delivery provider. 

 The duration of pelvic floor PT varies for each individual. Factors such as the severity of symptoms, the woman’s overall health, and adherence to the exercise program all play a role. Some women may find relief after a few weeks, while others may require several months of therapy.

Postpartum pelvic rehab can include gradually reintroducing exercise for the pelvic floor and core, assessing and correcting body mechanics and posture, and patient specific training for whatever the individual desires to return to for physical activity. 

The journey to full recovery after pregnancy is unique to each woman. While the immediate postpartum period requires rest and gentle movements, the incorporation of pelvic floor PT can significantly contribute to long-term healing. The key is to listen to your body, seek professional guidance when needed, and embrace the transformative journey of motherhood with patience and self-care. If you are currently pregnant or newly postpartum and are unsure of how to start your recovery journey don’t hesitate to reach out for a FREE discovery session and talk with one of our skilled pelvic floor therapists.