Pregnancy and postpartum take a toll on your body and sometimes can be really painful and uncomfortable (but also really exciting!). One of the last things you probably think of doing is going to physical therapy. I know that it was not something that I ever thought of. It never even came on my radar.
Thank you to Lovelace Health for sponsoring this guide.
Expecting a baby is an exciting and life-changing journey. Lovelace would like to make your experience as memorable and stress-free as possible by helping you navigate your health care. No matter your insurance or birthing plan, our Labor of Love program offers you access to free pregnancy benefits and assistance finding a doctor or insurance.
Lovelace helps bring more than 3,000 babies into the world each year with the help of our dedicated obstetricians, certified nurse midwives, obstetrical anesthesiologists, neonatologists, perinatologists, and nurses. Your birthing team will become familiar with your health history and guide you in forming a pregnancy plan that is ideal for you and your family.
When it comes time to deliver at our Family Care Unit, you can expect exceptional, comfortable, and convenient care. Throughout labor, delivery, and recovery our new mothers stay in one of our comfortable, private, birthing suites. Equipped with the latest technology, each room is designed for a relaxed, comfortable birth experience.
We are excited to be part of your prenatal care and delivery so that your experience is as safe, healthy, and pleasant as possible.
For more information on our Lovelace birthing services, call 505.727.7677.
Why physical therapy?
During your prenatal period, so many changes occur which affect your musculoskeletal system. Your posture changes, your muscles shorten, you may have muscle imbalances, and your spinal mobility changes. (Ohhhh those spinal changes.)
During postpartum, fluctuating hormone levels combined with additional physical changes as a result of delivery may also result in musculoskeletal concerns. These concerns can include excessive joint mobility, potential muscle imbalances, weakness of the core stabilizers, and altered spinal mobility and function.
A great option for working through this is physical therapy. It can help with back pain, pelvic floor function, core weakness, and even scar pain. (I wish someone had told me this one!) The list goes on and on, but you get the idea. Your physical therapist is your friend. (Maybe your best friend if they can help with that back pain.) Here are some prenatal and postpartum resources in the Albuquerque area.
ATI Physical Therapy
6330 Riverside Plaza Ln. NW, Unit 150
Albuquerque, NM 87120
Balanced Physical Therapy
Multiple locations across the Albuquerque area.
Langford Physical Therapy
4400 Lead Ave. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
6745 Academy Rd. NE, Suite A
Albuquerque, NM 87109
You don’t have to be in pain throughout your pregnancy. Let someone help you so that you can celebrate your baby and enjoy your pregnancy and the postpartum period and all of the beautiful changes that they bring.