Pregnancy & Postpartum Pelvic Health

Your core is made up of the diaphragm, the abdominals, the pelvic floor, and the back muscles– and all of these muscles go through big changes during pregnancy, birth, and recovery. Depending on which muscle groups are feeling the pressure, you might be experiencing: 

  • Stress, stretching, or abdominal separation
  • Incontinence and/or prolapse
  • Heartburn or difficulty breathing
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Back, hip, pelvic, and pubic symphysis pain

(…just to name a few!)

If you’re feeling uncertain or uncomfortable right now, I can help! With education, exercise, and expert advice, I’ll help make pregnancy, birth, and recovery easier on your body and mind.

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy Can Help You:

Relieve Pain & Discomfort

Relieve back, hip and pelvic pain, and reduce heartburn.

Prepare for Labour

Support your body and mind with education & exercise.

Recover From Birth Faster

Get a head start on postpartum recovery during pregnancy!

Get Pregnancy & Postpartum Support

Individual Pregnancy Physiotherapy Appointment

Individual Physiotherapy Appointments

One-on-one pelvic floor and pregnancy physiotherapy uses education and exercise to make your pregnancy more comfortable, while preparing your mind and body for birth and recovery.

We are currently offering appointments in-person in North Vancouver, or online telehealth appointments

Core & Pelvic Floor Group Class | Physiotiques

Core & Pelvic Floor Group Class

Core & Pelvic Floorgroup classes combine hypopressives, breathing techniques, postural correction and strengthening exercises to reset and retrain the deep core. You’ll learn to fully utilize all of your muscles, and we’ll go way beyond kegels and squats!

Note: We’re currently not offering group classes. Subscribe to our email list and we’ll let you know when they start back up!

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Healthy Pregnancy: A Physiotherapy Workshop

Wondering how to have a healthy and fit pregnancy? In this 3-hour workshop, your pelvic health physiotherapist will help explain the changes and pelvic health and issues that go hand-in-hand with pregnancy. We’ll cover pain, incontinence, recovery, and so much more.

Note: We’re currently not offering group classes. Subscribe to our email list and we’ll let you know when they start back up!

“After two kids very close together and a traumatic vaginal delivery, not only did Cheryl help fix my original issue, she helped improve my lower back and hip pain. My husband was also appreciative of my “vagina class” as he called it, as it taught me some new tricks!”

Negar Namiranian, Registered Nurse
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Frequently Asked Questions for Pregnancy & Postpartum Pelvic Health

Will I need a physical exam?

Not necessarily. Not everyone needs to have an internal pelvic floor physio exam, because we can make very accurate assumptions about the issue by taking an in-depth history.  Also, many GP’s are now doing more of an exam instead of just doing a pap test, so there’s no need to duplicate.

But, if you do need an exam, know that it’s a totally normal part of our day. It can even be a good experience! 98% of women comment that they’re very happy having had an exam, because they feel better knowing what’s going on with their Pelvic Floor. Many women say they would prefer not to have an exam initially, but once they start working on a program, they come back and want to confirm what they’re feeling (or not feeling).

I had a C-Section. Is pelvic floor physio for me?

Yes, pelvic floor physiotherapy is very beneficial, even if you had a C-Section. This is because pregnancy itself is a risk factor for pelvic floor issues– not just vaginal birth.

And, pelvic floor concerns can affect all people– not just new moms. There are women who’ve had 6 kids without a single pelvic floor issue, and women who’ve never had babies who do have pelvic floor concerns. Things like prolapses, incontinence, and painful sex can affect anyone, at any stage of life. Even men deal with pelvic health concerns. 

So, it’s always worth a chat to see if there are things you might want to change or work on!

I’m not in pain. Would I still benefit from an appointment?

Yes! Pain is only one indicator of a problem, and some issues can be prevented or caught sooner by looking at symptoms other than pain. For example, bowel issues can be a window into a pelvic floor issue, but they don’t always involve pain. You definitely do not need to wait until you’re in pain to get support for your pelvic floor issues!

Can I exercise during pregnancy?

Absolutely, there are great new guidelines for pregnancy and exercise.