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Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

“Pregnancy May be One of the Most Wonderful, Most Challenging, Most Exciting, Most Scary Times in a Woman’s Life all at Once.”

The changes are never-ending and you may be wondering what are “normal” pregnancy aches and pains and what, if anything, you can do about it.

It’s common for a woman to experience aches and pains during pregnancy. But what about when pelvic or back pain makes sitting, walking and sleeping nearly impossible?

But being pregnant doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it.

  • Are you worried that you can’t rely on your favorite over-the-counter pain reliever for that nagging low back ache?
  • And what are you going to do now that you can’t use heat or soak in a hot bath?
  • Are you counting the days to your due date? Hoping that as soon as you deliver the pain will go away?

And What About After You’ve Had Your Baby?

Immediately after having your baby, you may feel exhausted, frustrated, scared (especially if you are a first-time mom!) and unsure what to do to get your body back.

Do you worry that your core muscles will never be the same again?

Do you feel a separation in your abdominal muscles and feel them dome when you are trying to strengthen them?
Were you planning to use your maternity-leave to get in back in shape but now are afraid that you are going to hurt yourself?

If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone - and we hear this type of thing all the time. In fact, pregnancy-related pain and postpartum care are what we are specially trained to do at our physical therapy clinic in Falls Church.

If you are experiencing pregnancy-related aches and pain now, it is a sign that your body is changing and needs support. Discomfort is a sign that things aren’t right, which is great because this is your sign to get help so you can optimize your body and prepare for labor. 

Or if you’ve had your baby and your worried about the SAFEST and BEST way to feel whole again…

We would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our physical therapists to find out what can be done to help you.

Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complementary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next for the best.

The postpartum timeline to healing has been sprinkled with ups and downs, especially when it came to my body. After the single checkup offered at 6 weeks by the ob/gyn, no one really checks on you physically. Almost a year later, (it's never too late, your body can learn) after chatting with a yoga instructor about post-natal yoga, she recommended Nancy as a great pelvic pt. We chatted for an hour over the phone and she listened patiently, and asked questions that were so on point, that I felt heard for the first time since before my son was born. She correctly identified the root issue, and first through virtual visits (#covidemic), and then in person (masked), she has been able to heal my pelvic issues--its empowering! By no means am I at 100%, but I'm close to it, and that is a testament to her skill of understanding a woman's pelvic bone and muscle structures and applying the correct treatments in "baby" steps, little by little. Not only that, her empathy and experience, along with her creativity, she has given me bite-size videos of exercises (several of which I can do before I fall asleep at night) that fit into my busy schedule as a working mom. In short, she's responsive, she's caring, she knows what you've been through because she's been there and back, she's all about work/life balance, she wants you to thrive and be better than you were before, and yes, she's the best!

Vibhati Kulkarny

“What Can I Do to Get Rid of MY Back or Pelvic Pain OR Get My Body Back Quickly?”...

Well, here's 4 things you can do:

  • First off, you need to make a decision about getting help. So many pregnant and postpartum women procrastinate for so long, thinking that there is no help for back pain during pregnancy, that it will ‘just go away’ when the baby is born or when I am able to make time to exercise, but it only gets worse.
  • Next, do the RIGHT exercises - one of the best things to help you ease your back pain or get your body back is to do the right series of progressed exercises - the right exercises given to you by a physical therapist will help reduce pain or get your body back and allow you to move more freely.
  • Avoid sitting and long periods of rest - ever tried to get up from the sofa after resting for a while, but you struggle because your back feels so painful and tight? That’s because one of the worst things you can do that adds to back pain is rest, and sit for long periods of time. Too much rest, and sitting in awkward positions makes your back stiff and tight. It would really help if you were given appropriate strengthening exercises for better posture, alongside hands-on treatment, to get you active and healthy as quickly as possible.
  • Get real, “hands-on” physical therapy - Physical Therapy is proven to help women with pregnancy-related low-back and pelvic pain. In fact, at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy, LLC it’s one of the most common problems we see.

If you would like to know how the physical therapy team at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy, LLC can help you live with less back pain or pelvic pain while pregnant OR help you get your body back after your baby is born- we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free virtual appointment:

Note: This Free Assessment Session is something that we offer to women who are very nervous or skeptical about physical therapy - unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a free assessment so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done - without any financial risk on your part.

So the next question is:

“How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy Help You Feel Better about Your Body - In The Next Few Days?”

Here’s just a few of the things our Physical Therapy team can do for you:

  • We can quickly take away the pain and stiffness - often inside a couple of sessions.
  • Pain can “zap” you of energy and limit a peaceful night’s sleep - we can help you to enjoy sleeping at night and living with more energy each day.
  • We can teach you strategies to use for those times you need to sit and when you need to walk!
  • We can help you prepare for delivery (including your medical team)
  • And we can prepare you for those first 2-3 weeks postpartum—including scheduling a follow-up visit so that you can get a jump start on your recovery.

If you want to know what it costs - and what availability we have at our physical therapy clinic in Falls Church, then please just click the button below and complete the short form:


“Find Out How People Just Like You, Came to Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy - and Left Happier and Much Healthier!”

Please enjoy these stories of other people just like you who came to see the physical therapy team at Nancy Branberg Physical Therapy - and left much healthier and happier:

Lynda C.

"Nancy has been a change agent for me. She taught me about the important relationship between the urinary tract and bowels and that helping one improves the health of the other. She taught me exercises which I do daily to improve my need to constantly urinate. Nancy is extraordinarily gentle and effective."

Kate R.

"Nancy is very compassionate about your pain, and is very skilled at releasing painful muscle and myofascial issues. I have had a lot of recurring problems with my SI Joint and pelvic muscles and Nancy has always been willing to keep working on those areas until the pain is resolved."

Rachel M.

I haven't looked back since I was referred to Nancy by another physical therapist who said she was the best around for my “gut issues”.  She was absolutely right - following rectal cancer and the attendant surgeries, my gut has struggled to behave consistently.   Nancy has helped me immeasurably, her visits keeping my abdomen on an even keel.