Prenatal and Postpartum Physical Therapy with Motus PT…
Good for Mom and Baby!
Motus PT’s telehealth prenatal and postpartum physical therapy
helps make your pregnancy and recovery as smooth and easy as possible.
A healthy pregnancy starts with Motus PT!
Book a FREE consultation and find out how Darlene can help you prepare for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery.
Would you run a marathon without training for it?
Would you hike a mountain without acclimating yourself to the altitude
and adjusting your breathing patterns?
Would you swim a mile having never set foot in the water before?
Of course not!
So why would you consider navigating pregnancy and childbirth without proper training?
Prenatal and postpartum physical therapy plays an integral part in helping you prepare your body for the significant physical strain of pregnancy, labor and delivery.
And Motus PT can help.
From pregnancy all the way through delivery and newborn parenting, Darlene is dedicated to helping you become as strong and healthy as possible…for your health and the health of your baby!
And if symptoms come up that negatively impact your pregnancy or postpartum recovery, Darlene can help you tackle those issues as well.
Some common pregnancy and postpartum symptoms Darlene treats include:
Joint pain and/or low back pain.
With advanced training in pelvic health, pregnancy, and postpartum care, Darlene provides skilled coaching every step of the way– so you can be as healthy as possible and thoroughly prepared for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery.
Here’s what you can expect:
Then she’ll create an individualized, custom therapy program to focus on key areas to address your symptoms and physical health.
These areas may include:
Strength and conditioning at appropriate levels of intensity
Core integration work
Hip, back, and abdomen strength & stability training
Balance and coordination as body changes during & after pregnancy
Healthy exercise modifications
Physical and emotional stress management
Posture and joint alignment
And much more!
Pain, weakness, and incontinence are NOT inevitableduring pregnancy or after delivery.
Let Darlene show you the BEST ways to avoid these annoying and sometimes embarrassing symptoms, increase strength and stamina, and enjoy the next 9 months…and beyond!
Why do I Need Physical Therapy Before and After Having a Baby?
Listen in as Darlene discusses the significant physical strain pregnancy, labor, and delivery puts on our bodies…and how specialized prenatal and postpartum physical therapy can help you train for this very special life event.
Want to learn more?
Schedule a free consultation with Darlene TODAY!
“I was diagnosed with a diastasis recti after my second pregnancy. Between this and having a second c-section, I was really worried about restarting the activities I loved. Darlene put my mind at ease and taught me how to strengthen and move safely. She encouraged me to return to everything I wanted to do…including weightlifting. I learned how to coordinate my breathing, abdominal pressure, and posture to get all the necessary muscles firing. I especially needed this for my most important workout… keeping up with my 2 little ones!
“I was 40 and in the absolute best shape of my life when I decided to have a baby. Leading up to my pregnancy, I was working out twice a day, five days per week, at Barry’s Bootcamp, but was unsure of what exercise regimen I could safely do moving forward in my pregnancy. Darlene thoughtfully coached me on how to maintain my athleticism while modifying my training to match my changing body and my baby’s needs throughout each trimester. As expected, labor and delivery can be very stressful but, thanks to Darlene’s guidance and encouragement to maintain my fitness during my pregnancy, I felt extremely prepared and confident during childbirth and beyond!”
Ready to get started?
Book a telehealth physical therapy session with Darlene TODAY!
FAQ’s for Pregnancy & Postpartum
Congratulations on the new addition to your family! It is so important for all moms to get physical movement during the postnatal period. However, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as the exercises that are safe for you may vary depending on your specific birth story and any physical issues you may be experiencing postnatally. A physical therapist trained in post-natal care can provide advice and exercises that are tailored to your current strength levels and impairments evaluated in your new mom body. The assessment should screen the entire body, with a special focus on the core, hips, and pelvic floor regions. A good post-natal PT will support you in returning to all physical activity safely in the weeks to months after giving birth. From walking, swimming, and running to yoga, Pilates, and weight training, it is important to find the activity that is right for you and fits into your current level of abilities. With guidance from your PT and by taking precautions such as listening to your body, you can safely start exercising! As always, if you have significant concerns or you are not sure if you have any limitations to returning to certain activities, it is safest to consult your doctor about what limitations there may be and what is the best course of treatment for you.
Exercise during pregnancy is one of the key factors believed to contribute to a healthy and safe pregnancy. However, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as the exercises that are safe for you could vary depending on your specific medical diagnoses and pregnancy conditions that may make it unsafe to exercise. If you are healthy and your pregnancy is considered normal, it is typically considered beneficial for both you and baby to be. Movement improves circulation, muscle strength, sleep, and energy levels along with reducing pain and easing constipation for pregnant women. With proper guidance about physical activity during pregnancy by a physical therapist trained in pre-natal care, you can have both a safe and rewarding experience! As always, if you have significant concerns or are not sure if you have any limitations, it is important to check with a doctor to ensure which activities are safe for your pregnancy before beginning any exercise program.
A diastasis recti, or ab separation, is a condition in which the connective tissues between the two parallel bands of abdominal muscles are lengthened, resulting in a gap between the two parts of the rectus abdominis. A separation of 2 cm or less is considered within normal range. It is reported that by 35 weeks of pregnancy, 100% of women will incur some grade of diastasis recti. Therefore, it is not bad that you may have one. The concern comes when the tissue in that area cannot sustain control with exercise or activity. Some of the physical impairments it causes may lead to decreased stability and even physical pain in some cases; however, this will depend on the severity of your particular ab separation and the density of the fascia. In some individuals physical therapy and movement-based approaches can help lessen the symptoms of diastasis recti, while in other cases surgery may be appropriate. As always, if you have significant concerns or your diastasis recti is preventing you from doing the activities you want to do, it is safest to consult your doctor and/or physical therapist about the best course of treatment.