What can physical therapists do to address your postpartum dizziness?

Postpartum Dizziness

Getting back on your feet after you’ve just had a baby is no easy feat. You’re in the process of getting to know your new baby, operating on a lack of sleep and trying to understand all the changes your body is still going through. The newborn period is both magical and hard. 

Postpartum conditions

Life after a baby is born is the most beautiful time. It can, however, also be incredibly challenging. You’re trying to recover from a major medical event and also bond with your baby, and you’re likely running on very little sleep. While being a new mom can feel incredibly lonely, you are not alone. Help is available to you.

During your postpartum period, you may experience symptoms that include:

A physical therapist can help you recover from pregnancy and childbirth, increasing your pelvic health and reducing your postpartum dizziness.

About postpartum dizziness

It’s common to hear about diastasis recti and organ prolapse after pregnancy, but postpartum dizziness is also a fairly common, but less talked about condition. Experiencing dizziness and loss of balance can be a challenge — especially when you’re postpartum. 

First of all, if you’re experiencing dizziness and you’re less than six weeks past delivering your child, you should call your physician immediately. Some forms of dizziness may be signs of preeclampsia, which can occur even after a baby is born.

Once your physician has ruled out that your dizziness is not related to a serious postpartum complication, a physical therapist may be able to help you find relief. Your specialist will perform a postpartum evaluation on you, which includes: 

  • Understanding your medical history before, during and after pregnancy.
  • Assessing your posture, checking for pelvic alignment, and evaluating strength and mobility in your body.
  • Evaluating you for diastasis recti.
  • Examining your breathing patterns. 

Postpartum dizziness can be caused by vertigo, which can be treated by physical therapy. If you’re feeling postpartum dizziness, our physical therapists at Whatcom Physical Therapy can help. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.