Kelly attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then went on to Duke University for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Kelly specializes in Pelvic Floor and Breast Care treatment and exercises in Durham and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is a BIRTHFIT professional. Click here to learn more about the BIRTHFIT program.
Q: Is pelvic floor physical therapy appropriate during pregnancy? Yes, in fact I highly recommend having a pelvic floor therapist in place during pregnancy as part of your health care team. We can be especially beneficial to go through safe exercise during pregnancy, if you are having any low back, pubic pain or Sacral pain (SI joint), as well as to be seen towards the end of pregnancy to educate in different birthing positions, relaxation techniques, perineal stretching and massage.
Q: How soon after childbirth can I see a pelvic floor PT? Anywhere between 3-4 weeks to 6 week post partum for your first appointment. This depends on how the labor and delivery went, I especially say 3-4 weeks if there was a tear of the perineal muscles during delivery that can be causing pain or restricting sitting or standing activities that they have to be able to do for daily function. Or if the mom is having conditions such as urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence post partum that they cannot control. If there are no issues or complications typically I see women after their 6 week OB visit. We want to focus on rehabilitating the core and pelvic floor muscles so that mothers can return to their desired daily activities or exercises safely and prevent injury.