Postpartum issues from C-section versus vaginal birth

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, explains the differences in the postpartum issues faced by women after a c-section compared to a vaginal birth
Postpartum Issues - C-Section vs Vaginal Birth
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Postpartum issues from C-section versus vaginal birth

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Some of the physical differences between a woman who has had a c-section versus women who have had a vaginal delivery are that in a c-section, there might be scare tissue, or tissues that don't heal so well. They can get what's called keloids. Their abdominal muscles may be weaker than a mom who has had vaginal birth. In a vaginal birth, you might see pelvic floor weakness, not necessarily because the muscles are stretched during pregnancy. In a vaginal delivery, you can get more tearing. You can have tears that go down to the rectum. They need to be healed with physical therapy. There are a lot of things related to the pelvic floor that is different.

Physical Therapist Deena Goodman, PT, explains the differences in the postpartum issues faced by women after a c-section compared to a vaginal birth

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Deena Goodman, PT

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Deena Poll Goodman, PT, WCS, BCIA-PMDB is the Founder and Director of Goodman Physical Therapy, Inc in West Los Angeles, CA. She is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 22 years of experience specializing in urogynecology, obstetrics, orthopedics, and pelvic health and wellness.  Goodman is one of the first in the nation to have received Board Certification as a Women's Health Clinical Specialist by the American Physical Therapy Association. She treats men and women in her private practice for pelvic and sexual pain issues, and has a passion for helping prenatal and postpartum women get their bodies back in shape. She is internationally recognized for her work in pelvic floor rehabilitation, and developed and implemented many programs during the 12 years she was on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center including mom and baby exercise classes. 

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