Getting a referral for physical therapy after pregnancy
November 13, 2012 10:55 AM Subscribe
I am interested in getting a referral to a physical therapist after pregnancy--I have some questions about how to go about it.
My adorable baby is almost a month old. I am a small lady whose belly got really huge during my pregnancy, and I have zero strength in my core nowdays. I still have trouble getting out of bed, or even lifting my little guy (who actually is an enormous guy). I suspect I have have rectus diastasis, based on the look of my belly (I actually think I had it pre-pregnancy, looking at pictures of it online). I also had a c-section (after 20 hour of labor).
Even pre-pregnancy, I never had a very strong core, despite the fact that I was in otherwise great shape, and want to make sure I'm working these muscles efficiently and correctly.
Other than the weak core, I don't have any other physical issues--no back pain, no incontinence, no pelvic pain, etc.
I'm interested in getting a referral to a physical therapist to help build up strength again; I'm wary about doing stuff I found on the internet at home, as I'm not sure if I'm doing them correctly or making things worse.
Is it reasonable for me to request a PT referral, given my issues? Who should I talk to, my OB/GYN or primary doctor? Is there a certain vocabulary I should use? Is this something a trainer at my gym can do, or should I go the medical route?