When the pelvic floor is not in proper function, it can disrupt a number of otherwise normal bodily functions such as urinating and pooping. In addition, if these muscles and ligaments are too tight, too loose, or tweaked wrong, they can cause tremendous pain and discomfort. We want to avoid that, or if it is already occurring, we want to help alleviate that!
Physiologic changes to teeth and gums are quite common during pregnancy. Some of the changes might be very noticeable while others are more subtle. These changes can include pregnancy gingivitis, benign oral gingival lesions, tooth mobility, tooth erosion, dental caries, and periodontitis.
As pregnancy progresses, the weight on the ligaments in the pelvic floor can become inflamed causing pelvic pain, bowel or bladder symptoms, or even painful intercourse! These symptoms can continue throughout and after pregnancy. Working with a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor health can give you relief from pelvic pain, urinary and bowel symptoms, and other pelvic floor dysfunction.
The trauma may have included a high risk and/or complicated pregnancy, loss of a pregnancy, or complications during/after delivery. If any part of your once-imagined story of simply getting pregnant, having a blissful pregnancy, and then delivering a healthy baby went vastly different, then you may have experienced trauma.
The good news for pregnant women is that having a healthy, normal pregnancy is much more likely than developing preeclampsia. Being informed about the disease, knowing your risk factors, and being in-tune to your body is very important.