Reduce Your Chance of Tearing & Heal After Baby

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Perineal Tearing: How to Reduce Your Chance of Tearing & Heal After Baby

As a pelvic floor physical therapist, I have a lot of patients who have just had a baby. One of the most common issues I see in these patients is the effects of perineal tearing. One day, a frazzled first-time mom, whom we will call Lily, sat across from me. Her son Caden stirs in the stroller as Lily automatically pushes it back and forth. “He’s fussy and might wake up,” she mumbles out in apology.

After having Caden six months ago, Lily returned to Crossfit, but then quickly booked a pelvic floor physical therapy appointment. She had begun to experience urine leaks when she jumped, when she performed double-unders, and even when she sneezed or coughed. I begin working my way through her history: how are her bowels and bladder? How did the…

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