In Part one of returning to exercise post partum we discussed some general guidelines for returning to movement and some symptoms that might indicate you should see a pelvic floor physiotherapist. In PART TWO let’s discuss what your pelvic floor physiotherapist considers when making an individualized plan with you as you return to movement and exercise.
During your assessment your physiotherapist will start by asking you questions which cover important aspects of your previous activity (even those activities you enjoyed in your youth!), current activities, as well as any injuries you have had in the past. We would like to know what you did prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy and in the time since delivery. We will ask about what activities you want to do in the immediate post partum time and those you want to do in the future. This will help us determine your movement background and the steps we need to take to reach your goals.
Other questions and areas to expect your pelvic health physiotherapist to want to know about:
After delivery it is important to make a practical plan that is appropriate for your body and will help you reach your goals. Seeing a pelvic floor physiotherapist can get you on the right track to get where you want to be.