What’s Normal Postpartum?

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

Keywords: Postpartum, Pelvic Bulge, Pelvic Pain, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Bulging, Vulvodynia, Vestibulitis, Dyspareunia (painful intercourse), Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Scrotal Pain, Pain with Ejaculation, Coccyx/tailbone Pain, SI jt pain, Piriformis Syndrome, Hip Pain, Endometriosis


You survived pregnancy; what is next?

So, you survived pregnancy and delivery of a beautiful baby. You’re now in what is called the postpartum period, or the time after delivery when a women’s body starts to return to its nonpregnant state. This timeframe is not set in stone and can last from 6 weeks to 12 months after delivery. This is a time of healing, but sometimes things don’t always go how we want! Issues like urinary incontinence (leakage), pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain (including SI joint/coccyx) and painful intercourse can all occur in this initial postpartum period and continue for years after delivery.

While these issues are common, they are not normal and can be treated! How many times have you or friends talked about peeing your pants with laughing, sneezing, coughing, or had to stop jumping on the trampoline with your children because you were afraid you’d leak?


Avoided or not, been unable to enjoy intercourse with your partner because it was too painful? Felt pelvic heaviness at the end of the day or after activity? Been unable to bend over, sit or stand for long periods of time because of pain in your low back or pelvis? These issues are not something that we have to accept as a normal part of life!


I don’t know about you, but nobody warned me, or wanted to talk about, the not so fun side of the postpartum period. Please know, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, that’s where a Pelvic Floor physical therapist like myself can help!


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About the Author

Hi! I’m Michelle Webb, Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy.

Since graduating from PT school in 2011, I have worked in many different areas of physical therapy, but it wasn’t until I started working with pelvic health that I found my true passion. I believe that each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing. Every person is unique, and I love helping my patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals. Too often, people are told that the pelvic health issues they are feeling (leaking urine/feces, pelvic pain, pain with intercourse/tampon use/speculums, pelvic heaviness, the list goes on and on) are normal, and something they have to deal with. While those issues may be common, I want to help everyone realize there is life outside of their symptoms! I truly feel joy when I can help someone improve their quality of life and return to the activities they love, without difficulty.



Give me a call at (785) 813-1338

About Michelle

Michelle is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Webb Physical Therapy, located in Lawrence, Kansas.  She's worked in PT for close to 10 years, and believes each patient should be treated with a holistic, whole person approach to healing.

She is devoted to helping her patients develop individualized treatment plans to help them achieve their specific goals.

Call (785) 813-1338 for a free 15 minute phone consultation, or email WebbPelvicHealth@gmail.com