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Physical Therapy: What Can It Do for Your Pregnancy?

woman cradling pregnant belly

Pregnancy is a beautiful and exciting time for a woman, but it can also be uncomfortable and painful. After birth, many of us are left with pain and a body we don’t quite recognize. Ranessa Gibson, P.T., D.P.T., a physical therapist with Carilion Clinic Urogynecology and our Pelvic Floor Disorders Clinic, explains more about what a woman’s body goes through during the course of pregnancy and how to get back to your old self after delivery.

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5 Ways Your Gynecologist Can Help You

group of smiling women representing multiple generations

A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s health, focusing in particular on the female reproductive system.
 
Experts recommend that adolescents start seeing a gynecologist while in their early teens, and continue with regular annual visits throughout menopause.
 
Carilion Clinic women’s health specialist Alyssa Watkins, M.D., offers five important reasons to see a gynecologist: 

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Bladder-Control Basics

female patient talking to her urogynecologist about incontinence

It can happen at the most embarrassing times, and in the most inconvenient places. If you’re a woman who has urinary incontinence—loss of bladder control—you know how difficult it can be.

Urinary incontinence is also such a common problem that many women assume it’s an inevitable part of aging.

On the contrary: lifestyle changes and treatments can help minimize or even prevent it.

Taking Stock

How do you know if you have a problem? After all, many women notice occasional, small leaks of urine.

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Exercise and Pregnancy: A Beautiful Thing!

pregnant woman exercising with hand weights

At every stage of life, exercise is as important as nutrition for maintaining a healthy body and mind. Pregnancy is no different. In fact, the amount of energy that goes into growing and delivering a baby may well be the hardest physical work a mother ever does. Exercise under a health care provider’s guidance is an important part of preparing for, enduring and recovering from pregnancy.

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