“Even with a C-section, you’ve carried a child for nine months,” she says. “And with the added weight, there’s a lot of pressure on the pelvic region and your pelvis in general. That can cause lower back issues; that can cause hip instability; that can cause core weakness.”
All too often, those issues keep new moms from following advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to resume exercising just a few days after giving birth, building up to 150 minutes of cardio exercise per week.
And pelvic damage can last a lifetime. The good news, Woodrow says, is that she can help patients long after they’ve given birth.
“It can be challenging as a new mom to seek care,” but improvement is still possible years later, she says.
“Pelvic floor physical therapy is a great way to improve and even eliminate those symptoms that are affecting your quality of life.”