Seeing a physical therapist after giving birth should be the new "normal". You may have heard about pelvic PT, it’s standard postpartum care in Germany and France. French OBGYNs prescribe postpartum women 10-20 sessions of pelvic physical rehab, and it’s covered as part of the country’s government health care plan. In Germany, new moms an get 10x "Rueckbildung" (which is a course given by a midwife or PT) and is all about Kegels and Core Strength Postpartum and also 100% covered by insurance. Many of tehse women do not experience any pelvic floor problems because they have been taught how to activate and control the pelvic floor muscles directly after birth.
Unfortunately in many other countries, this is not standard. That is why we strongly recommend all new moms to see a Women's Health specialist or physiotherapist for a postpartum check up. In most cases, your insurance will cover at least your first 1-on-1 session.
Even if you have given birth years ago, it is still wise to do a check-up. Perhaps you leack a bit of urine when you sneeze, cough or jump? Do you have lower back pain, pelvic pain or feeling pressure on pelvis. These are all symptoms of weacking core muscles and pelvic floor muscles.
It's never too late to get yourself checked, once you are postpartum, you will always be postpartum.
We have several excellent Pelvic Floor PT's island wide who work together with Mom in Balance in Singapore.
- PhysioAsiaTherapy Centre, Danielle Barratt https://physioasia.com/our-team/
- The Moving Body Group http://www.themovingbodygroup.com/
- Physio Active , Diana Mecklenburg http://www.physioactive.sg/team/
Watch this video from our colleagues from the USA, how a pelvic PT can help you postpartum: https://vimeo.com/278050412