PH101: I’m Pregnant – Help!

  Having a baby is exciting, fascinating, and nerve-wracking. If you have never been through the process before, chances are you have a lot of questions and concerns about what changes your body will go through during your pregnancy, what the birthing process entails, and how your recovery will go once you’ve had your baby. …

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Prevention: Diastasis Recti, Part II

By Stephanie Stamas So now that you’ve learned how a Diastasis Recti (DR) can be created during pregnancy, how can you prevent it from happening to you? There is currently a lot of available information on the positive benefits of aerobic exercise for the pregnant mother and the fetus, but little research focuses on the …

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Research Proves Yet Again…

By Riva Preil The Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy recently published a “Perspectives for Patients” article (July 2014) about the benefits of physical therapy in pregnant and post-partum populations. The authors of the article reviewed 1,284 articles that were published between 1992 and 2013, and they found there is abundant evidence in support …

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One Fish, Two Fish

By Riva Preil Forgot where you put your car keys?  Do you find yourself blaming those “pregnancy hormones” for occasional forgetfulness?  Believe it or not, it might not be the hormones talking…rather it might be your diet. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and two fatty acids present in fish oil that are highly …

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All the Pregnant Ladies

By Riva Preil Beyoncé has given a shout out to all the single ladies, and now I will do the same for all the pregnant ladies. Last week I discussed acupuncture for pregnant women, and today I will take the opportunity to discuss EXERCISE DURING PREGNANCY. The benefits of exercise during pregnancy are innumerable! Exercise …

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Pinpointing Prenatal Pelvic Pain

By Riva Preil As any expectant or previously pregnant woman can attest, the body undergoes major changes during the nine glorious months of pregnancy.  One noteworthy change involves a particular hormone called relaxin. Relaxin is a very appropriately named hormone- it’s job is to relax the pelvic ligaments to allow for widening of the pelvis. This …

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