March 12, 2015: Because pregnancy is a core element of the life cycle, it’s easy to take for granted. A woman becomes pregnant, gestates the developing child for approximately 9 months, gives birth and then moves into motherhood. But the naturalness of pregnancy can cause even the most athletic of mothers to overlook the inherent physical trauma involved.
During pregnancy and childbirth, a woman’s body goes through profound changes in a relatively brief period of time, even in the healthiest of circumstances. And for women who exercise during or after pregnancy, failure to respect those changes has the potential to lead to additional problems.
In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapists Christy Martin, PT, DPT, SCS, who specializes in sports physical therapy, and Vicki Lukert, PT, PRPC, who specializes in pelvic health, outline how pregnant and postpartum women can exercise safely, and how to spot warning signs for problems that might require medical attention.
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Christy Martin Morgan, PT, DPT, SCS, is the head physical therapist for the University of Florida's (UF) Health Running Medicine Team. She is also involved with research in conjunction with the UF Sports Performance Center. She has also served as the sports resident at UF Health Shands Rehabilitation Hospital. Morgan is actively involved with the Female Athlete Special Interest Group (SIG) of the Sports section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).
Vicki Lukert, PT, PRPC, received her physical therapy education at the Auckland School of Physiotherapy in New Zealand, and has worked in a multitude of settings since that time in New Zealand and America. Since 2007, she has been at UF Health Shands Rehabilitation Hospital. She is a certified pelvic rehabilitation practitioner, and her areas of expertise include women’s and men’s pelvic health, pregnancy and post-partum dysfunction, pelvic and abdominal pain (including dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia), colorectal dysfunction, fecal and urinary incontinence, endometriosis, infertility, coccygodynia, temperomandibular joint dysfunction, and headaches.