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Vaginal & C-Section Birth Recovery
Vaginal & C-Section Birth Recovery
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Heal & strengthen without leaving home. Start as early as 2 days or up to 2 years postpartum.

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Every postpartum body deserves expert care. Meet virtually with your PT, restore strength & balance, and get the support you need to feel your best.

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What do you get?

Treat & prevent symptoms

Treat & prevent symptoms

Heal from childbirth, prevent pain, and rebuild your abs & pelvic floor.

Feel like your best self again

Feel like your best self again

Defy "mom body" stereotypes by feeling stronger than ever.

Get back to activities you love

Get back to activities you love

From exercise to sex to returning to work, learn to move safely & confidently.

Covered by Insurance

Taking care of yourself shouldn’t break the bank.

We’re in-network with most insurance plans.

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Trusted by Doctors, Loved by New Moms

Origin provides OBGYN-recommended pelvic & whole body physical therapy that’s evidence-based and personalized to meet each patient's needs.

100%

of OBGYNs recommend pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum

89%

of postpartum patients saw improvement in symptoms

90%

of postpartum patients recommend Origin to new moms

Expert care & support

  • 6 virtual visits with a pelvic floor physical therapist
  • Personalized exercise program, updated weekly
  • Educational resources prescribed for you
  • Tracking tools to keep you motivated
  • Opportunities to connect with & support other moms

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Full-body recovery

  • Evaluate your symptoms
  • Heal perineal tears
  • Care for your Cesarean scar
  • Stop bladder leaks
  • Heal diastasis recti
  • Relieve pelvic pain / pain with sex
  • Improve bowel function
  • Alleviate mastitis / clogged milk ducts
  • Treat and prevent low back pain
  • Support your body for better sleep
  • Prevent injury while caring for baby
  • Return safely to exercise

What our patients say about Origin

Stephanie S.
"I found Origin when I was pregnant. After having my baby, I came back to do pelvic floor work. It's been a godsend!"
Stephanie S.
Separated Abs, Pregnancy
Sophie S.
"After my c-section, I was experiencing core weakness, SI joint and hip pain, and tightness in my scar. My PT was incredible to work with and helped me meet my goals."
Sophie S.
Postpartum, C-Section Recovery
 F.C.
"I'm from France, where pelvic floor care is considered crucial post-delivery, and I was so happy when I found Origin. The team is knowledgeable, professional, and thoughtful in their medical approach."
F.C.
Postpartum
Jennifer S.
"I've learned great exercises and adjustments for daily movements to reduce strain and pain. I've been delighted by how effective the virtual visits are."
Jennifer S.
Low Back Pain

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Postpartum FAQ

When can I return to exercise after a vaginal delivery?

Even if your OBGYN clears you to start exercising at your 6 week postpartum check-up, we encourage you to wait until you truly feel ready. Six weeks with a newborn can leave you exhausted. And, if you’re tired, chances of injury are higher. We recommend that you start light, get used to moving again, and slowly increase intensity over time. For example, if you like running, start with walking. If you lifted heavy weights before pregnancy, opt for body weight exercises at first, then slowly build your way up.

Your physical therapist can design a personalized therapeutic exercise program for you that builds your strength, flexibility, and coordination — and helps prevent future strain, injury, or pelvic floor dysfunction.

When can I return to exercise after a c-section?

It’s important to wait until you have your doctor’s clearance to start exercising again. Once you get the green light, we encourage you not to rush back to your pre-pregnancy workout. Caring for a newborn is exhausting, and exercising when you’re fatigued raises your chance of injury. Take it slow and listen to your body. If you need to rest, rest.

You’ll notice that your incision will feel numb for some time, even after it’s fully healed. This numbness can make reconnecting with your abdominal muscles more difficult. Starting with lower-intensity ab exercises will help activate your core. Think abdominal bracing, marching in place, and heel slides. You might even place a hand on your abs and feel your abs contract as you exercise.

As you feel your muscles responding, you can increase the intensity of exercise. Workouts should involve moving your body in all three planes — side to side, front to back, and in rotation — to help mobilize your entire core. Your physical therapist can help you create a therapeutic exercise plan that’s safe and effective.

How can PT help me rebuild my pelvic floor postpartum?

Your pelvic floor muscles are the MVP of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. They’ve been working a lot harder than usual and could use some help getting back to their full function. Pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum will help you regain strength and mobility in your pelvic floor muscles. This will ensure that your muscles are able to contract and relax symmetrically throughout their full range of motion and provide proper support to your whole body. Postpartum pelvic floor rehabilitation shortly after giving birth will also help you avoid pelvic floor dysfunction, down the line.

Why do I feel pressure in my pelvis postpartum?

It’s common to experience pressure or heaviness in your pelvis postpartum. The pressure in your pelvis might also be accompanied by pelvic floor pain, pelvic organ prolapse, or urinary incontinence (even leaking just a bit when you cough or sneeze). These are all symptoms of pelvic floor weakness after childbirth, and are a good indication that your pelvic floor muscles could use some extra support.

How long will it take to recover from a c-section?

C-section recovery time can vary by person, so it’s hard to outline c-section recovery week by week. Most patients begin to feel “more normal” around 6-8 weeks after a cesarean section. Physical therapy after pregnancy can help you recover from your c-section and ensure that you’re strengthening your body safely. Postpartum physical therapy might include c-section scar massage, postpartum pelvic floor exercises, or even core exercises to repair diastasis recti.

How can PT help with c-section recovery?

Postpartum physical therapy can help you rebuild core strength after your c-section, and relieve pain or discomfort caused by c-section scar tissue. To help you regain strength, we’ll retrain your abdominal muscles to increase support in your torso and low back through PT-guided care and prescribed mobility exercises to do at home. Physical therapy will address the c-section scar itself with a combination of cupping, heat, cold laser therapy, and c-section scar massage. Your physical therapist will work with you to build your c-section recovery kit, with tools to get back in touch with your body, regain strength, and address c-section pain.

What is c-section scar massage?

C-section scar massage is a manual scar mobilization technique used by physical therapists. It’s a gentle, skin-rolling type massage directed at your c-section scar and lower abdomen, which helps relieve c-sections scar pain and discomfort. The best part? Your physical therapist can teach you how to safely massage your scar at home.

When can I start bending after a c-section?

You’ll want to avoid deep bending, lifting more than your baby, or otherwise stretching or straining your abs until your incision is healed (typically 4-6 weeks after delivery). It’s important to not do anything that causes c-section scar pain or other discomfort — if you aren’t able to perform a certain movement without abdominal pain or strain, it isn’t safe yet.

What is postpartum diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti (aka DRA, separated abs, diastasis rectus abdominis, or "mummy tummy") is the separation of the "six-pack" muscles that sit on the outermost layer of your abdominal wall. This separation happens when connective tissue between these muscles (called the linea alba) become over-stretched, which makes ab separation common in pregnancy. Almost all pregnant people experience some degree of ab separation by their third trimester, but severe diastasis recti can linger long after delivery.

You can fix diastasis recti after pregnancy by giving your postpartum abs some TLC with physical therapy. Your PT will perform a diastasis recti test to check for diastasis recti, and can let you know if your diastasis recti is considered severe or mild. Your PT will also prescribe safe diastasis recti exercises to help you continue recovering between sessions. There are plenty of exercises to avoid with diastasis recti, so it’s important to consult a physical therapist before doing any ab workout.

How can I tell if I have diastasis recti?

The telltale sign of diastasis recti is coning (also referred to as doming). Coning is typically seen when doing a crunch-like movement, which causes increased pressure in the abdomen that the connective tissue (or linea alba) is too lax to control. When doing this type of exercise, the diastasis recti bulge will show along the LA. Other signs of diastasis recti include a general feeling of looseness or weakness in the abdominal wall postpartum, and a "mommy tummy" or "bulge" that won't go away.

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What do you get?

Treat & prevent symptoms

Heal from childbirth, prevent pain, and rebuild your abs & pelvic floor.

Feel like your best self again

Defy "mom body" stereotypes by feeling stronger than ever.

Get back to activities you love

From exercise to sex to returning to work, learn to move safely & confidently.

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Postpartum FAQ

When can I return to exercise after a vaginal delivery?

Even if your OBGYN clears you to start exercising at your 6 week postpartum check-up, we encourage you to wait until you truly feel ready. Six weeks with a newborn can leave you exhausted. And, if you’re tired, chances of injury are higher. We recommend that you start light, get used to moving again, and slowly increase intensity over time. For example, if you like running, start with walking. If you lifted heavy weights before pregnancy, opt for body weight exercises at first, then slowly build your way up.

Your physical therapist can design a personalized therapeutic exercise program for you that builds your strength, flexibility, and coordination — and helps prevent future strain, injury, or pelvic floor dysfunction.

When can I return to exercise after a c-section?

It’s important to wait until you have your doctor’s clearance to start exercising again. Once you get the green light, we encourage you not to rush back to your pre-pregnancy workout. Caring for a newborn is exhausting, and exercising when you’re fatigued raises your chance of injury. Take it slow and listen to your body. If you need to rest, rest.

You’ll notice that your incision will feel numb for some time, even after it’s fully healed. This numbness can make reconnecting with your abdominal muscles more difficult. Starting with lower-intensity ab exercises will help activate your core. Think abdominal bracing, marching in place, and heel slides. You might even place a hand on your abs and feel your abs contract as you exercise.

As you feel your muscles responding, you can increase the intensity of exercise. Workouts should involve moving your body in all three planes — side to side, front to back, and in rotation — to help mobilize your entire core. Your physical therapist can help you create a therapeutic exercise plan that’s safe and effective.

How can PT help me rebuild my pelvic floor postpartum?

Your pelvic floor muscles are the MVP of pregnancy, labor, and delivery. They’ve been working a lot harder than usual and could use some help getting back to their full function. Pelvic floor physical therapy postpartum will help you regain strength and mobility in your pelvic floor muscles. This will ensure that your muscles are able to contract and relax symmetrically throughout their full range of motion and provide proper support to your whole body. Postpartum pelvic floor rehabilitation shortly after giving birth will also help you avoid pelvic floor dysfunction, down the line.

Why do I feel pressure in my pelvis postpartum?

It’s common to experience pressure or heaviness in your pelvis postpartum. The pressure in your pelvis might also be accompanied by pelvic floor pain, pelvic organ prolapse, or urinary incontinence (even leaking just a bit when you cough or sneeze). These are all symptoms of pelvic floor weakness after childbirth, and are a good indication that your pelvic floor muscles could use some extra support.

How long will it take to recover from a c-section?

C-section recovery time can vary by person, so it’s hard to outline c-section recovery week by week. Most patients begin to feel “more normal” around 6-8 weeks after a cesarean section. Physical therapy after pregnancy can help you recover from your c-section and ensure that you’re strengthening your body safely. Postpartum physical therapy might include c-section scar massage, postpartum pelvic floor exercises, or even core exercises to repair diastasis recti.

How can PT help with c-section recovery?

Postpartum physical therapy can help you rebuild core strength after your c-section, and relieve pain or discomfort caused by c-section scar tissue. To help you regain strength, we’ll retrain your abdominal muscles to increase support in your torso and low back through PT-guided care and prescribed mobility exercises to do at home. Physical therapy will address the c-section scar itself with a combination of cupping, heat, cold laser therapy, and c-section scar massage. Your physical therapist will work with you to build your c-section recovery kit, with tools to get back in touch with your body, regain strength, and address c-section pain.

What is c-section scar massage?

C-section scar massage is a manual scar mobilization technique used by physical therapists. It’s a gentle, skin-rolling type massage directed at your c-section scar and lower abdomen, which helps relieve c-sections scar pain and discomfort. The best part? Your physical therapist can teach you how to safely massage your scar at home.

When can I start bending after a c-section?

You’ll want to avoid deep bending, lifting more than your baby, or otherwise stretching or straining your abs until your incision is healed (typically 4-6 weeks after delivery). It’s important to not do anything that causes c-section scar pain or other discomfort — if you aren’t able to perform a certain movement without abdominal pain or strain, it isn’t safe yet.

What is postpartum diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti (aka DRA, separated abs, diastasis rectus abdominis, or "mummy tummy") is the separation of the "six-pack" muscles that sit on the outermost layer of your abdominal wall. This separation happens when connective tissue between these muscles (called the linea alba) become over-stretched, which makes ab separation common in pregnancy. Almost all pregnant people experience some degree of ab separation by their third trimester, but severe diastasis recti can linger long after delivery.

You can fix diastasis recti after pregnancy by giving your postpartum abs some TLC with physical therapy. Your PT will perform a diastasis recti test to check for diastasis recti, and can let you know if your diastasis recti is considered severe or mild. Your PT will also prescribe safe diastasis recti exercises to help you continue recovering between sessions. There are plenty of exercises to avoid with diastasis recti, so it’s important to consult a physical therapist before doing any ab workout.

How can I tell if I have diastasis recti?

The telltale sign of diastasis recti is coning (also referred to as doming). Coning is typically seen when doing a crunch-like movement, which causes increased pressure in the abdomen that the connective tissue (or linea alba) is too lax to control. When doing this type of exercise, the diastasis recti bulge will show along the LA. Other signs of diastasis recti include a general feeling of looseness or weakness in the abdominal wall postpartum, and a "mommy tummy" or "bulge" that won't go away.

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