No doubt about it, having a baby changes a woman’s body. The physical stresses of pregnancy, labor and delivery can place a definite strain on the pelvic floor. For the vast majority of individuals, the physical effects of childbirth are often subtle and create few long-lasting problems. For others, timely pelvic rehabilitation during the postpartum weeks, months and beyond can help alleviate and prevent the development of post-reproductive issues in the future.
At NorthShore’s Center for Pelvic Health, our specialists have extensive experience caring for women concerned about their health and bodies after baby or multiple babies. We have expertise in diagnosing and treating a wide range of postpartum conditions, including:
Perineal injuries (episiotomies, obstetrical tears)
The bridge between the opening of the vagina and anus, the perineum, is vulnerable to the stresses of vaginal delivery. As the fetal head or shoulders emerge, the perineum can tear spontaneously or be cut intentionally via an episiotomy to create more space at the vaginal opening. Immediate vaginal reconstruction in the delivery room helps to repair perineal injuries and to minimize future pelvic floor issues.
Typical healing time during the postpartum period for perineal injuries and/or episiotomies ranges from 6 to 12 weeks. While most women will recover well from torn tissues and strained perineal muscles after childbirth, others may require further assessment and treatment. Our urogynecologists routinely evaluate common post-childbirth problems such as painful or overly scarred perineal injury, sexual dysfunction and bowel problems.
We offer a variety of effective solutions for the following postpartum conditions:
- Urinary stress incontinence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Fecal incontinence
- Pelvic pain and painful intercourse
For More Information
To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 224.251.CFPH (2374).