Millions of women suffer from incontinence during and after pregnancy. Bebé PT uses advanced methods of physical therapy and exercise to help tone and strengthen pelvic floor muscles in women throughout the West Los Angeles, CA, area, helping them to restore and repair damaged or weakened muscles to prevent incontinence.
Incontinence can be caused by different factors, but nearly all of them relate to a weakening of the pelvic floor muscles, a set of strong muscles that form supportive bands to hold the bladder, lower bowel, vagina and uterus in their proper positions. The pelvic floor muscles play a primary role in bladder and bowel control; if you've ever stopped a stream of urine in mid-flow, those are your pelvic floor muscles working. When these muscles or the nerves that control them become damaged or weakened, both bladder and bowel leakage can occur.
Both pregnancy and delivery cause significant strain on the pelvic floor muscles, and that can lead to the development of both bowel and urinary incontinence. During pregnancy, the increasing weight of the belly causes increasing pressure on the pelvic floor muscles, especially if your core muscles haven't been properly prepared for the added weight of a growing baby. Over time, this pressure can cause the pelvic floor muscles to weaken, resulting in leakage from the bladder and sometimes the bowel as well. During delivery, the strain exerted during pushing the baby from your uterus can exacerbate these problems, and even if you haven't experienced incontinence during pregnancy, you may still develop symptoms later as a result of damage that can occur during delivery.
Bebé PT is focused on the needs of expectant and new mothers, offering strengthening exercises that prevent injury and reduce the risk of becoming incontinent. Exercises can be performed during pregnancy and afterward to help restore weak or stretched-out muscles, and both individual sessions and group classes are available.
In an effort to make women's health physical therapy accessible and affordable, Bebé PT is a participating provider for hundreds of different health plans. If Bebé is out-of-network for your plan, we will submit the insurance claims on your behalf. Treatments are generally covered with a prescription from your OB/Gyn or any physician. If you don't have a prescription, we can send the physician a prescription on your behalf. Below is a list of the health plans for which we are in-network.
"There is a great balance of progress and encouragement. Every time I leave, I feel like I've made a step in the right direction and come away armed with useful tips."
"One thing I especially appreciate is that I never ever feel rushed-- every question, pain, nuance I want to discuss is always thoroughly talked through. "
"All the assistants are super nice and friendly. I would definitely recommend Bebe PT during pregnancy or postpartum."
"They help you retain your shape and introduce safe and effective work-outs for all your pregnant and post partum needs."