Birth Preparation In South Pasadena

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Birth Preparation Services in South Pasadena

Pregnancy is an exciting and transformative time, but it can also be physically and emotionally challenging. As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, you may experience new aches, pains, and discomforts that can leave you feeling unsteady and unsure.

At Purpose Physical Therapy, we understand the anxieties and uncertainties that often come with pregnancy. That’s why our team of women’s health physical therapists offers tailored Birth Preparation services to help expectant mothers like you find strength, stability, and confidence during this journey.

Is Birth Preparation Right for You?

Our Birth Preparation program is designed specifically for pregnant women looking to prioritize their pelvic health and prepare their bodies for the rigors of labor, delivery, and postpartum recovery.

We work closely with women throughout their pregnancies to address concerns like:

  • Pelvic pain and pressure
  • Low back pain
  • Abdominal muscle separation
  • Balance and stability issues
  • Discomfort during intimacy
  • Fears about the birthing process
  • Desire to make labor and delivery smoother
  • Recovery goals after baby arrives

No two pregnancies are exactly alike. That’s why our skilled physical therapists personalize every Birth Preparation plan to meet your unique needs and goals.

The Benefits of Birth Preparation Services

Making time for yourself and your health during your 40 weeks of pregnancy isn’t always easy, but it yields crucial short and long-term benefits.

Here’s what you can expect when you commit to birth preparation physical therapy:

Improved Pelvic Floor Health
Your pelvic floor works hard during pregnancy, bearing the increasing weight of your growing baby. By practicing Kegel exercises and other pelvic floor training techniques, you can increase muscle tone, circulation, and nerve activity to support the demands of labor as well as prepare your body for the stresses of pushing during Birth.

Strengthening these important muscles now helps prevent issues like urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and sexual dysfunction after delivery while also easing swings in pelvic pain and pressure throughout pregnancy.

Smoother, More Comfortable Labor
Giving Birth is intensely physical. Our skilled Birth Preparation physical therapists arm you with customized breathing patterns, laboring positions, and pushing techniques to help make every process stage more efficient and comfortable.
We also focus on proper body mechanics and ergonomics. This allows you to conserve precious energy for the final labor stretches to remain as comfortable and in control as possible.

Faster, Less Complicated Recovery
Whether you deliver vaginally or by C-section, postpartum recovery presents physical challenges like perineal pain, abdominal muscle weakness, and fatigue. It can also exacerbate pelvic floor dysfunction and pain.

The breathing patterns, muscular releases, and circulation-boosting techniques you learn during Birth Preparation PT remain hugely helpful during early motherhood to speed healing, manage discomfort, and resume daily activities as smoothly as possible.

Confidence and Empowerment
For many women, giving Birth stirs up nerves and fears that can undermine confidence leading up to delivery day. We recognize every woman has a unique birth journey. Our supportive, tailored Birth Preparation services give you space to process expectations, clarify priorities for labor, and gain control over every aspect of the process within your power. The more you understand exactly what your body needs to birth smoothly and recover completely, the more you’ll feel in your strength.

Dr. Sarah is a phenomenal DPT. We worked on balance, core & strength training. I feel so much stronger & know the right way to exercise and stretch now! She is simply amazing

Laura Reitan

Dr. Kens’ new location is beautiful! His staff is top notch and the results speak for themselves. I am so excited to be a part of his patient and peer community!

Christopher Tolisano

What Does a Birth Preparation Session Involve?

We customize every Birth Preparation care plan to match pregnancy symptoms, birthing goals, exercise history, and risk factors. However, you can expect certain core elements at each session:

Detailed Assessment

While you can undoubtedly track aches or changes throughout pregnancy, our in-depth clinical assessments pick up on things you might miss. We evaluate:

  • Pelvic floor muscle tone, tension, and trigger points
  • Abdominal muscle tone and separation risk
  • Posture, balance, and stability
  • Breathing patterns and breath support
  • Body mechanics during ADLs
  • Warning signs for potential pregnancy complications

This allows us to design Birth Preparation techniques targeting your body’s limitations, weaknesses, and asymmetries.

Personalized Exercises and Activities

We never take a one-size-fits-all approach to Birth Preparation physical therapy. The ideal techniques for you depend on your needs and birthing preferences. For example, plans may incorporate:

  • Pelvic floor muscle training with biofeedback
    Squats, lunges, and planks to strengthen core and pelvic muscles
  • Stretching and foam rolling to improve circulation and release tension
  • Labor position practice for comfort and efficiency
  • Relaxation and visualization exercises
  • TENS therapy for pelvic pain relief
  • Corrective treatment for muscle imbalance or poor movement patterns

We carefully walk you through each new exercise, activity, and technique until you have excellent body awareness and control. You’ll also receive videos and handouts for practice between appointments.

Re-Evaluation and Progression

We continue working once we develop your initial Birth Preparation program. Each session begins with re-evaluation assessments for any changes since your last visit. We’ll discuss your home practice habits and address any difficulties mastering specific exercises.

As you and your baby grow, we continually progress your program to match changing symptoms, mobility restrictions, or strength gains. Advanced pelvic floor muscle contractions, modified yoga poses, bench stepping routines, birthing balls, and resistance bands all help you build endurance up to delivery day.

Education and Empowerment

Knowledge is power, especially when understanding your changing pregnant body. We emphasize client education every step of the way to keep you fully informed and in control of your Birth Preparation journey.

Topics span a wide range, including:

  • Pelvic floor anatomy
  • Healthy breathing mechanics
  • Optimal labor positions to open the pelvis
  • Vaginal tearing risk factors and prevention
  • What to expect during the pushing stage
  • Preparing your body for Cesarean Birth
  • Caring for C-section incisions postpartum
  • Safe core and pelvic floor exercises after delivery

The more you comprehend how your muscles and connective tissues adapt for pregnancy and Birth, the more confidence and agency you’ll feel as symptoms crop up.

We encourage questions and discussions around pregnancy and delivery—no topic is off-limits! Our therapists draw from years of experience in women’s health to explain what to expect and put your worries or fears into perspective when necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions About Birth Preparation Physical Therapy

Some common questions may come to mind if you’re considering Birth Preparation services to minimize aches, empower yourself, and focus your pregnancy journey. Here are answers to some of the concerns raised most often by our expectant mom clients:

Does the therapy hurt? -Everyone has a different comfort threshold, but our therapists take great care to ensure Birth Preparation techniques feel productive rather than painful as your body changes.

We begin every new exercise slowly and with minimal resistance. This gives you time to learn proper positioning that avoids overstretching or pinching. We also include deep breathing coaching and muscular warmup activities to generate circulation and loosen tissues.

You may feel some mild muscle soreness as your pelvic floor strengthens, similar to starting a new gym routine. However, we modify programs based on your feedback to avoid discomfort.

What happens if I feel too uncomfortable during a session? – We expect ups and downs while your hormones fluctuate and your baby grows. Please speak up any time an activity causes stronger-than-expected pain or strain.

We’ll adjust your position, try a different variation, or stop to re-evaluate what’s aggravated your discomfort. Your feedback allows us to pinpoint the best ways to progress.

On occasions when activities consistently increase pain or other worrying symptoms arise, we collaborate closely with your OBGYN to rule out complications requiring modified activity or specialty medical care.

Can my partner join my appointments? – Absolutely! We encourage partners to join sessions whenever possible. Coaching your support person on massages, birthing positions, and ways to meet your comfort needs during labor helps them contribute positively.

Partners also benefit from a deeper understanding of your changing body. This often strengthens emotional intimacy through pregnancy’s many transitions.

Meet Your Birth Preparation Team in South Pasadena

Our Birth Preparation therapists offer compassionate, evidence-based care grounded in decades of collective experience with pre-and postnatal health. You’ll work with the same core providers each visit to establish familiarity and trust leading to your delivery date.

Sarah Cooke PT, DPT

We partner closely with OBGYNs, doulas, lactation consultants, and other providers to ensure seamless, coordinated care on your motherhood journey.

Schedule Your Initial Birth Preparation Consultation in South Pasadena

We urge you to prioritize pelvic health early in your pregnancy. This establishes baseline strength while allowing plenty of time to practice techniques as your belly and fatigue levels grow. To schedule your first appointment and begin preparing your body for the exciting challenges ahead, call us. Our front desk staff can answer general questions and explain payment options while gathering initial details about your birth plans, medical history, and current symptoms. We can’t wait to meet you and baby-to-be!

About The Author

Sarah Cooke ignites movement in patients facing physical therapy. Their years of dedication unlock physical potential for a better quality of life. At Purpose Physical Therapy in South Pasadena, Sarah Cooke wields a patient-centered approach, wielding cutting-edge techniques and bespoke care plans to conquer a vast array of physical challenges.