Recommended Products

The Elvie

  • This product is an amazing tool that you can use at home to strengthen and gain awareness of your pelvic floor muscles.  It is a sleek wireless biofeedback device that measures the force of your pelvic floor when you do a kegel.  What's great about it is that it's linked to an app for your phone so you can play simple "games" with your pelvic floor to make your kegel workout fun.

ALIGNMED Postural Support

  • I LOVE these products for all of my moms and expecting moms - they provide postural support garments including bras and postural shirts to keep those shoulders back, which is one of the hardest things to do with a baby and why so many moms are hunched over and get back and neck pain.  The bras are wonderful for nursing moms with an easy front zipper to open while nursing.  They also have gel shoe inserts that are great especially during pregnancy since this is when the arches tend to collapse which is why moms complain of larger feet after having a baby (I always recommend good arch support during pregnancy to prevent this!).

  • Use code RESTORED on alignmed.com for a 10% discount from me!

doTerra Essential Oils

  • I've always loved essential oils, but now I am a huge fan of the quality of doTerra essential oils.  It wasn't until I had my baby girl and started using the oils on her that I started to pay a lot more attention to the quality of oils and I'm glad I was introduced to doTerra. Oils have so many uses for pregnancy, labor, postnatal, and well baby care. 

 

 

Personal Lubricants

  • Uberlube:  This is a great lubricant that has many uses (in addition to it's use as a lubricant for intercourse it is also used by athletes to avoid chafing and at salons to tame frizzy hair!).  The consistency is smooth and silky and it doesn't get sticky or oily and doesn't stain.  It has vitamin E oil in it and is absorbed by your skin leaving your skin feeling soft.

  • Desert Harvest: This company has a great aloe-based natural personal lubricant for intercourse, great for new moms.   I love the consistency of this lubrication and it doesn't get sticky or make a mess!

  • Good Clean Love: Another great personal lubricant that is certified organic, all-natural, without any parabens or petrochemicals.  You can never have too much lube after having a baby!

 

Vaginal Dilators

  • These are a must if you are having pain with intercourse.  I love Dr. Berman's Intimate Basics set because it has 4 different sizes that you can gradually work up to and they also have a vibration setting...which can be helpful to get the muscles to relax or to use for other purposes once you're done using the dilators for "medical" reasons

 

 

Vaginal/Pelvic Weights

  • Yes, there are weights for the vagina.  In case kegels feel too easy for you, you can add weight to your pelvic floor muscles just like you would to progress exercises at the gym.  I like the Kegel Exercise Weights brand because of the range of weights and the size of the weight for ease of application. 

 

 

Foam Roller

  • The foam roller is a great tool to roll out tight tense muscles.  I typically have my patients use it on their thighs, buttocks, and back.  If your muscles are very tight you will want a softer foam roller and make your way up to a higher density foam roll as the soft roller gets easier.  I typically suggest the 36 inch L x 6 inch D roller.

 

 

Postpartum Support Belts

  • There's debate about the effectiveness of a support belt after birth for decreasing diastasis recti and shrinking the stomach; however, I feel if they are worn appropriately and used correctly they can benefit many people with diastasis.  

 

Marternity Support Belts

  • This belt offers support for the growing abdomen during pregnancy.  I typically recommend this belt for my patients if their symptoms decrease when they physically lift their abdomen. 

  • The Baby Belly Band by Cabea is another great belt that can be used during and after pregnancy and the material is comfortable.

  • For greater abdominal support I prefer the Mom-EZ.

 

 

V2 Supporter

  • This isn't the most flattering undergarment you may wear during pregnancy, but for some women that have pelvic pressure, swelling in their nether regions, or vulvar varicosities, this can make a world of difference.  

SI Belt

  • This belt is a must if you have sacroiliac pain or pubic symphysis dysfunction during pregnancy or after delivery.  It provides external stabilization to your pelvis to decrease pain.  I like the Serola or Cybertech brands

TENS

  • The TENS machine is a great portable device that can help tremendously as a labor pain relief tool.  It's pretty cheap and you can also use it after delivery for other aches and pains.

The Fiera

  • Many women have decreased blood flow to their pelvis and genitals after having baby, along with decreased libido and sexual satisfaction.  The Fiera is an intimate "toy" that you can use to enhance your sex life as it works to improve blood flow and stimulation to the clitoris.  If you are interested in ordering the Fiera please email me and I can provide you with a code for a discount.

Orange County physical therapy services in your home during the pregnancy, birth, & postnatal periods.

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