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Pelvic Floor Therapy and Birth Prep Services

Seeking out pelvic floor therapy during your pregnancy will help you gain stability, strength, flexibility, and motor control of the pelvic floor so that you can go into your labor and delivery with more confidence and possibly reduce your risk for perineal tears.

Birth prep services from a trained pelvic floor physical therapist can help you in the following ways during your pregnancy:

1st Trimester

  • Core stability
  • Pelvic stability
  • Pelvic floor strength and flexibility
  • Reducing pain and risk of injury from joint laxity
  • Motor control of the pelvic floor: contracting, relaxing, and elongating the pelvic floor
  • Body mechanics to reduce risk of injury
  • Continuing a sports/fitness program as your body grows

2nd Trimester

  • Postural re-education to reduce pain
  • Managing low back pain, SI joint pain, pubic symphysis pain, round ligament pain
  • Managing diastasis recti abdominis AKA ‘Mommy tummy’
  • Core stability
  • Pelvic stability
  • Pelvic floor strength and flexibility
  • Continuing a sports/fitness program as your body grows
  • Motor control of the pelvic floor: contracting, relaxing, and elongating the pelvic floor
  • Body mechanics to reduce risk of injury

3rd Trimester

  • Managing low back pain, SI joint pain, pubic symphysis pain, round ligament pain
  • Birth prep: what to expect
  • Finding an optimal labor position
  • Pelvic floor relaxation
  • Perineal massage
  • Motor control of the pelvic floor: contracting, relaxing, and elongating the pelvic floor

“4th Trimester”- Postnatal

Wherever you are in your pregnancy, we can help you!

To schedule an appointment for birth prep services with one of our therapists, call us at (818) 873-1403 or use our online appointment form here.

What Our Patients Have to Say

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Testimonial by M.M.

My husband and I were married for 5 years and unable to have intercourse, but I never knew why. After numerous awful experiences at doctor’s offices (where many doctors told me I “just needed to relax”), a surgery that didn’t fix the problem, and a year of owning dilators that didn’t get me anywhere, someone finally referred me to Heather for Physical Therapy. I finally had answers and information from someone who knew exactly what I was dealing with!

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Testimonial by T.H.

I started seeing Heather in October 2014. For more than two years, I had been suffering from painful urinary tract infection type symptoms after my bartholins gland surgery which included constant burning and urinary frequency sensation that led to more and more painful intercourse. I had made multiple visits to internist, obgyn and urologist's offices, went through a range of treatment with UTI and bladder frequency medication that included antibiotics, vesicare, estrogen cream, but nothing worked.

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Testimonial by S.S., age 54

Heather is the best! I saw her today for terrible hip/groin pain. I was so impressed with the safety measures in place and felt completely safe . Thanks for the healing hands.

S.S., age 54

Testimonial by R.S.

I wanted to thank you so much for helping me get through something I thought I may never be able to. We have achieved pain-free intercourse and this has really solidified our marriage. We are so grateful to you for all the work you do! Thank you!!

-- R.S.

Testimonial by J.B.

My husband and I were having problems with painful intercourse. My therapist recommended that I go and get a pelvic floor evaluation from a physical therapist. Having never been treated by a physical therapist, I wondered how this really was going to help me. My husband who is a physician was very supportive and agreed that a PT evaluation would be a great idea. So i made the appointment and was blown away by what I learned. I had no idea that pelvic floor muscles could get tight and have trigger points just like any other muscle in the body. I'm a massage therapist and very familiar with tight muscles, and this new thought really amazed me. Heather's program to help relax and strengthen these muscles made such a difference. I can say that I am 100% pain free during intercourse now. Yippee! Going to the PT appointments and doing the at-home exercises was definitely a discipline, but it's 100% worth it! The rewards are amazing.

-- J.B.

Testimonial by A.M.

Months after giving birth, it was difficult for me to go from a sitting or lying position up to a full standing position without feeling that I had to remain hunched over until a bit of time had passed to get fully upright. However, after taking Heather’s course, I learned exercises to get my body back to normal. She also showed me correct ways to lift and carry my son as well as put him in/take him out of the carseat and stroller. This class was really beneficial and Heather is a wonderful teacher who made me feel very comfortable.

-- A.M.

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