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Proactive, Low-Cost Prenatal Physical Therapy Reduces Pregnancy Complications, Eases Labor and Delivery and Shortens Recovery Time for Mothers
Date:3/18/2009

y recovering from c-sections. Caesarean delivery rates rose to 31.1% in 2006 and new mothers are challenged by nursing, changing and lifting infants after abdominal muscles have been operated on and are severely compromised. Some women also report postpartum carpal tunnel syndrome due to caring for their babies.

Dr. Jeannine Rahimian **, age 33, is a mother of two and an obstetrician at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. As an OB/GYN, she had often referred her clients to Bebe PT, a rehabilitation clinic that offers specialized prenatal physical therapy. But it was not until she suffered severe back pain after picking up her 17-month-old daughter Leila while she was 7-months pregnant with her son Benjamin, that the benefits of doing prenatal physical therapy hit home.

Not only Rahimian, but also her own OB/GYN noted the significant difference in Rahimian's abdominal muscles during her second pregnancy. When Rahimian had her first c-section, her OB/GYN had mentioned that her rectus muscles (abs) and fascia were very weak and that she would likely not be able to ever achieve a flat stomach unless she did Pilates twice a week for many years. At the time of her second c-section (which followed about 8 weeks of therapy and Pilates sessions at Bebe PT), Rahimian's OB/GYN remarked that there was a noticeable difference and the muscles were obviously stronger and more firm than during her first pregnancy.

Rahimian said, "The therapy sessions did wonders in terms of relieving my back pain and the private PT Pilates sessions definitely shortened my recovery time. I was more fit and felt strong and ready to resume exercise and activity three weeks after having a c-section."

"The majority of my patients report notable improvements in back and hip pain and an increase in stamina and strength after treatments. Pregnancy requires specialized physical therapy to strengthen the pelvic f
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