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A woman holding her newborn baby.

Most people know pregnancy is divided into trimesters. Each of the 3 stages have certain characteristics that chart the growth of the fetus and help the mother identify where she is in the pregnancy.

But what about the fourth trimester? That's a term being used to describe the weeks and early months after delivery, when the baby has been born but health care involvement remains vitally important to ensure optimal recovery from pregnancy for the mother, and optimal postpartum care of the child. An OBGYN group task force recently endorsed the fourth trimester care concept—a development that includes physical therapists who have a key role to play in postpartum care.

In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist Carrie Pagliano, president of the American Physical Therapy Association's Section on Women's Health, discusses why women should be sure to check in with a physical therapist who specializes in women's health before, during, and after pregnancy.

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Carrie Pagliano

Carrie Pagliano, PT, DPT, is owner and founder of Carrie Pagliano Physical therapy, a private practice in Arlington, Virginia, which focuses on helping those with chronic pelvic pain, prenatal, and postpartum pelvic issues. A board-certified clinical specialist in women's health and orthopaedics, she is also an adjunct professor at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, and serves on the Advisory Board for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development  Pelvic Floor Disorders Network. Carrie founded the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital PM&R Pelvic Floor Program and the MGUH Women's Health Physical Therapy Residency. She speaks nationally in the areas of pelvic pain, pain science, and integrative models of practice in orthopedic and pelvic physical therapy.

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