Pelvic Pain during Pregnancy
Two Easy Solutions for Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy
One of my biggest tips during pregnancy is to be proactive. Taking care of your body (and vagina) can make it a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience and keep you active and exercising throughout. Women who are more active and exercise regularly during pregnancy have an easier labor and delivery, decreased pain during pregnancy, decreased constipation, better sleep, decreased risk of postpartum depression and healthier babies.
If you are experiencing any type of pelvic pain during pregnancy (think cramping or heaviness, pain in your lower back, pain when you pee or poop, etc.) seek help! An online pelvic health PT can assess your situation and offer guidance, tips and tricks to navigate whatever it is you’re dealing with (there is nothing we haven’t seen!). In the meantime, if you need a little physical support, check out these two products below.
Mom EZ Maternity Belt
My favorite pregnancy support is the MomEZ Maternity belt. I encourage women to start wearing this in their second trimester through the remainder of the pregnancy. This helps support the lower back and abdominals, keeps the pelvis stable, decreases lower back and hip pain and helps keep you active. Remember, you want to wear this throughout the day and not just AFTER you start hurting.
Due to the increased fluid and blood flow in your body during pregnancy, you may experience vaginal swelling and/or varicose veins in your vagina. This causes an achy, heavy feeling. This feeling can become especially worse after a lot of standing or walking and at the end of the day. For this I recommend the V2 support. It's pretty much like a jock strap for your vagina. Wear it over your underwear BUT underneath clothing (just wanted to be clear). This is also recommended to wear throughout the day, not just after the achy feeling commences. This V2 support can also be used for pelvic organ prolapse after pregnancy as well (you may have this if you feel like something is falling out of your vagina).
Let us help!
It is highly recommended that all soon-to-be moms check in with a pelvic health PT at some point during or after pregnancy. Our online consultations are one-on-one video sessions with a pelvic health PT. It’s personalized, specific for you and at a time that’s convenient for you. No need to get childcare. No need to miss work. You can meet from the comfort of your home or office (or bathroom or closet or car)! We offer daytime and nighttime hours to accommodate all different schedules and time zones. Schedule an online session to chat today!
Sara Reardon PT, DPT, WCS is the owner of NOLA Pelvic Health and founder of The Vagina Whisperer, a resource for online pelvic health education and therapy to help women worldwide with pelvic health conditions. She is a board certified women’s health physical therapist with a special interest in treating pelvic pain and pregnancy and postpartum conditions. She is a mom, wife, Saints fan and wanna be yogi.
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