Posture can change radically as pregnancy progresses due to a change in body shape and center of gravity. Hormonal changes also cause an increase in flexibility in the joints. This is important preparation for childbirth but it can result in joint dysfunction and pain.
Further, to make room for a growing baby the internal organs are shifted often resulting in decreased lung capacity or difficulty breathing. Treatment includes postural re-education, instruction of breathing techniques, therapeutic exercise and manual stretching by a therapist.
As the belly expands, the abdominal muscles begin to stretch and separate. Diastasis recti is an over-separation that can occur along the center of the abdomen between two sides of the abdominal muscles. Once this condition is diagnosed, isometric abdominal exercises should commence 24 hours after a vaginal delivery.
C-section Scar Pain or Immobility
With physician approval, the scar can be mobilized and desensitized 6 weeks after a cesarean section to prevent adherence to underlying tissue. If the scar adheres, it can result in bladder and/or sexual dysfunctions such as urinary incontinence, pain with intercourse, and pelvic pain.