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Posted on 12-08-2014

By Dr. Ashley Gibbons-Holden

Low back pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy and childbirth can be taxing on a new

mother.  Pre and post-partum care is essential to being a functional mother and care-giver in the future. 

Along with taking the appropriate prenatal vitamins and eating properly in the preparation of your new

addition to be it is important to maintain your strength and flexibility to prepare for the birth of your

child whether you are planning a natural childbirth or a scheduled C-section.  Full body stretching and

core strengthening as well as kegel exercises are a few.  After you have given birth or have undergone a

C-section it is just as important to stretch and strengthen.  Although there may be some restrictions to

physical activity for the first 6-8 weeks depending on the delivery there are exercises you can do to

prevent any back injuries, especially when lifting your newborn in and out of his or her bassinet or crib

or off of the changing table. Correct Kegel exercises are especially important post-partum starting right

after childbirth even if an episiotomy has been performed of if the mother has perineum tear with

sutures.

Pre-Partum Care:

-Stretching

-Strengthening

-Soft Tissue Mobilization

-Prevent Diastasis Recti (separation of abdominal muscles along the midline)

-Chiropractic Care

-Acupuncture and/or dry needling

Post-Partum Care:

-Abdominal brace if Diastasis

-Stretching and strengthening specific to childbirth method

-Chiropractic Care

-Soft Tissue Mobilization

-Acupuncture and/or dry needling

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