Physical Therapy During Pregnancy and Post-Partum

Our physical therapists are specially trained in women's health and can safely and effectively help you overcome issues from childbearing—so you can focus on being a mom.

During pregnancy and childbirth, a woman’s body experiences the following:

  • Blood volume increases, which causes swelling.
  • Hormone levels change, which may cause lower back or pelvic pain, changes in digestion, and headaches.
  • The rib cage expands, which puts pressure on nerves and tissues above and between ribs. This can cause difficulty with deep breathing, general discomfort in the trunk area, and mid/upper back pain.
  • Weight gain puts extra stress on feet, legs and back. The forward weight of the baby changes spinal curves and can weaken overstretched abdominal muscles.
  • As your breasts grow, larger breasts may alter posture.
  • A vaginal delivery can cause injury to the pelvic floor, which for some can cause pain, incontinence, and other urinary problems.
  • A cesarean delivery can cause scarring, weak abdominal muscles, and pain.

A physical therapist, trained in working with pregnant and post-partum women, can help with many of these physical changes. Ask your doctor to consider a referral if you have:

  • Lower back pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder/arm pain and tingling
  • Upper back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Incontinence
  • Urgency of urination
  • Pain associated with scars
  • Leg/foot pain, weakness, and/or swelling
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Hip pain
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Musculoskeletal issues related to bed rest
  • Diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles)
  • Prolapse (lack of support in the pelvic area that allows the organs, like the uterus, to fall from their normal position
  • Coccydynia (tailbone pain)

Physical therapy for new and expectant mothers is available at:

Methodist Outpatient Rehabilitation
Jewish Community Center Location
6560 Poplar Ave.  
Memphis, TN 38138

For information call 901-767-3061.

Women's Health Locations

Southcrest Women's Healthcare
Southcrest Women's Healthcare

5480 Goodman Rd, Suite 2
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-893-9890

Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Germantown
Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Germantown

7945 Wolf River Blvd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-4300

Women’s Health & Wellness Center
Women’s Health & Wellness Center

1251 Wesley Drive, Suite 100
Memphis, TN 38116

901-395-2630

Olive Branch Women's Center
Olive Branch Women's Center

4250 Bethel Road, 5th Floor
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9544

OB-GYN Specialists
OB-GYN Specialists

6401 Poplar Ave. #530
Memphis, TN 38119

901-767-9368

Methodist Diagnostic Center - Midtown
Methodist Diagnostic Center - Midtown

1801 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-9000

Methodist South Radiology Department
Methodist South Radiology Department

1300 Wesley Dr.
Memphis, TN 38116

901-516-9000

Methodist Diagnostic Center - Germantown
Methodist Diagnostic Center - Germantown

1377 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-9000

Methodist Diagnostic Center - North
Methodist Diagnostic Center - North

3950 New Covington Pike, Suite 115
Memphis, TN 38128

901-516-9000

Methodist Diagnostic Center - Southaven
Methodist Diagnostic Center - Southaven

7400 Airways Blvd.
Southaven, MS 38671

662-996-2122

Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Midtown
Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center - Midtown

1801 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104

901-516-4300

Margaret West Screening Breast Center
Margaret West Screening Breast Center

1381 S. Germantown Rd.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-4300

Methodist Olive Branch Radiology Department
Methodist Olive Branch Radiology Department

4250 Bethel Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9000

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital
Methodist Olive Branch Hospital

4250 Bethel Rd.
Olive Branch, MS 38654

662-932-9000

Methodist South Hospital
Methodist South Hospital

1300 Wesley Dr.
Memphis, TN 38116

901-516-3700

Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital

7691 Poplar Ave.
Germantown, TN 38138

901-516-6000