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Pregnancy & Birth Preparation

Pregnancy has been compared to competing in the Tour de France for good reason — the strain on your body is extreme. While your OB focuses on preventing and treating complications, your PT helps you develop strength and flexibility for more effective pushing, shorter labor, reduced risk of injury during childbirth, and much more.

Whether you’re in your first trimester or two weeks from delivery, physical therapy can have life-changing impact.

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Feel Good In Every Trimester

Stay Active & Strong

During pregnancy, the structure of your body shifts, from the curve of your spine to the width of your pelvis. Starting as soon as your first trimester, your PT can help you minimize pain, condition your pelvic floor, and keep you exercising safely.

Prepare for Delivery

As your due date approaches, we’ll help you prepare for a safe, smooth labor and make informed decisions, based on your goals. Treatment may include:

  • Exercises to build pelvic floor strength and flexibility
  • Guidance on safe birthing positions and effective pushing methods
  • Perineal massage to reduce risk of tears
  • Breathing techniques to assist with pain and delivery

Take Care of You

Every visit starts with a check-in to surface your most pressing needs. The length of your treatment will depend on your due date, but many patients find weekly visits to be the most helpful.

Common & Treatable

50% of pregnant women experience pain. Physical therapy has been shown to prevent and treat pregnancy pains, reduce risk of perineal trauma, and shorten labor.

"It feels like my pelvis is splitting in half."
"There’s so much pressure. Will my baby fall out?"
"My lower back hurts all the time."

Pregnancy FAQs

What is pregnancy physical therapy?

Physical therapy during pregnancy is focused on supporting the pregnant person's body. Trained physical therapists understand how each phase of pregnancy impacts the body; they are prepared to offer guidance, exercises and strategies to help reduce your pain, maintain your level of function and exercise, and prepare you and your body for labor and delivery.

Why is lower back pain so common in pregnancy?

The weight of a growing belly and breasts pull the abdomen forward, causing a larger curve in the low back. This shift forces the muscles of the core and back to work harder to maintain balance and posture. If the core is weakened, then muscles in the back can over-activate or spasm, causing pain.

How does PT help relieve back pain during pregnancy?

Physical therapists are experts of the musculoskeletal system. They are able to treat your back pain comprehensively with manual therapy techniques, a personalized exercise program, and guidance for improved movement strategies. In some cases, they may recommend the use of a belt or brace for additional support, particularly as your belly continues to grow during pregnancy.

Is it common to have pelvic pain during pregnancy?

Yes, very common. During pregnancy the pelvic joints typically become loose with hormonal changes and widen with the weight of a growing baby, often the muscles will become overworked trying to compensate for these shifts. It is common for this change in shape, reduced stability and tight muscles to lead to pelvic pain.

Why does pregnancy cause rib pain?

In pregnancy, the ribs flare upward and outward to make space for a growing baby. Depending on the size of a pregnant person's torso and the size or position of their baby, this change in rib position may become even more exaggerated and lead to pain, often on just one side of the body, that is made worse by sitting, coughing or eating.

What causes pregnancy-related hip pain?

Hip pain typically occurs when certain movements or positions put too much strain or pressure on the muscles, joints or ligaments of the hip. As pregnancy changes the shape of the pelvis, the muscles that attach to the hip are moved, stretched, and asked to support increasingly more weight as your baby grows. This is a common source of pain.

Why do my neck and shoulders hurt so much during pregnancy? Can PT help with the pain?

During pregnancy, the breasts grow larger and heavier. This forces the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back to work harder to maintain proper posture and keep good head and neck alignment. As muscles fatigue, this can lead to slouching. Postural changes and overworked muscles lead to neck and shoulder pain.

How does physical therapy help upper back pain in pregnancy?

In pregnancy, as the center of gravity shifts and our breasts grow, the upper back must work hard to maintain proper head and neck alignment. A physical therapist can provide manual therapy and exercise protocols to help relieve pain and they can give guidance for sitting, sleeping, driving, working, lifting, and carrying strategies to prevent pain from coming back.

Why does pregnancy cause tailbone pain?

During pregnancy, the hormones that loosen your pelvic joints to prepare for childbirth also destabilize your tailbone, increased body weight during pregnancy puts more load through the tailbone especially with sitting, and the muscles that attach to the coccyx can tense up. The combination of these factors can lead to tailbone pain.

Is pain normal in pregnancy?

A growing baby will place increased stress on a pregnant person's body. This can lead to changes in joint stability, muscle function and postural awareness; pain is a common complaint in pregnancy for these reasons. But common does not mean normal. Working with a trained physical therapist can help reduce pain as pregnancy progresses and prepare your body for delivery.

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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, move with total confidence.

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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 your 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 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

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

What is pregnancy physical therapy?

Physical therapy during pregnancy is focused on supporting the pregnant person's body. Trained physical therapists understand how each phase of pregnancy impacts the body; they are prepared to offer guidance, exercises and strategies to help reduce your pain, maintain your level of function and exercise, and prepare you and your body for labor and delivery.

Why is lower back pain so common in pregnancy?

The weight of a growing belly and breasts pull the abdomen forward, causing a larger curve in the low back. This shift forces the muscles of the core and back to work harder to maintain balance and posture. If the core is weakened, then muscles in the back can over-activate or spasm, causing pain.

How does PT help relieve back pain during pregnancy?

Physical therapists are experts of the musculoskeletal system. They are able to treat your back pain comprehensively with manual therapy techniques, a personalized exercise program, and guidance for improved movement strategies. In some cases, they may recommend the use of a belt or brace for additional support, particularly as your belly continues to grow during pregnancy.

Is it common to have pelvic pain during pregnancy?

Yes, very common. During pregnancy the pelvic joints typically become loose with hormonal changes and widen with the weight of a growing baby, often the muscles will become overworked trying to compensate for these shifts. It is common for this change in shape, reduced stability and tight muscles to lead to pelvic pain.

Why does pregnancy cause rib pain?

In pregnancy, the ribs flare upward and outward to make space for a growing baby. Depending on the size of a pregnant person's torso and the size or position of their baby, this change in rib position may become even more exaggerated and lead to pain, often on just one side of the body, that is made worse by sitting, coughing or eating.

What causes pregnancy-related hip pain?

Hip pain typically occurs when certain movements or positions put too much strain or pressure on the muscles, joints or ligaments of the hip. As pregnancy changes the shape of the pelvis, the muscles that attach to the hip are moved, stretched, and asked to support increasingly more weight as your baby grows. This is a common source of pain.

Why do my neck and shoulders hurt so much during pregnancy? Can PT help with the pain?

During pregnancy, the breasts grow larger and heavier. This forces the muscles of the neck, shoulders, and upper back to work harder to maintain proper posture and keep good head and neck alignment. As muscles fatigue, this can lead to slouching. Postural changes and overworked muscles lead to neck and shoulder pain.

How does physical therapy help upper back pain in pregnancy?

In pregnancy, as the center of gravity shifts and our breasts grow, the upper back must work hard to maintain proper head and neck alignment. A physical therapist can provide manual therapy and exercise protocols to help relieve pain and they can give guidance for sitting, sleeping, driving, working, lifting, and carrying strategies to prevent pain from coming back.

Why does pregnancy cause tailbone pain?

During pregnancy, the hormones that loosen your pelvic joints to prepare for childbirth also destabilize your tailbone, increased body weight during pregnancy puts more load through the tailbone especially with sitting, and the muscles that attach to the coccyx can tense up. The combination of these factors can lead to tailbone pain.

Is pain normal in pregnancy?

A growing baby will place increased stress on a pregnant person's body. This can lead to changes in joint stability, muscle function and postural awareness; pain is a common complaint in pregnancy for these reasons. But common does not mean normal. Working with a trained physical therapist can help reduce pain as pregnancy progresses and prepare your body for delivery.

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