Pregnancy and Pelvic PT
Women with EDS/HSD should consult with a Pelvic Physical Therapist early in their pregnancy to establish care and for evaluation of pelvic girdle joint and pelvic floor muscle function. Hormones during pregnancy further increase hypermobility of the joints and tissues. Pregnant women with EDS/HSD are more likely to develop low back and pelvic girdle pain, separation of abdominal muscles (diastasis rectus abdominis) and urinary incontinence, so they should work with their pelvic PT to prevent and/or manage these issues throughout the pregnancy. They may be advised to make specific plans to avoid injuries during delivery. Women with EDS/HSD should plan to follow up with their pelvic PT 3 weeks after delivery to evaluate that connective tissue, joint, and muscle healing is occurring as expected and to promote optimal recovery. How was your experience with pregnancy?
Author: Cindy Neville, DPT