Pregnancy Pain Pot Pourri!

Shannon M. Clark, MD
January 11, 2021
Pregnancy Pain Pot Pourri!

Have you heard of pelvic floor dysfunction? If not, you’re not alone. Pelvic floor dysfunction is quite common, yet not so widely discussed.

In this conversation I’m sharing today, Dr. Nicole Cozean, a pelvic floor physical therapist, we talk bladder spasms, painful bowel movements, tailbone pain, hip pain, round ligament pain, and lightning crotch.

Have you ever experienced any of these things? If so, you might have some pelvic floor dysfunction.

I experienced this when I was very early in pregnancy with my twins. I had it in the form of “lightning crotch” where it actually was my bladder spasming. Yikes!

The pelvic floor muscles and ligaments support everything from the front of the pubic bone to the tailbone- there are a lot of components leaving a high possibility for one component to be “off” and cause trouble. It can occur from falling on your tailbone or pregnancy which puts a lot of strain and pressure on the bladder and ligaments.

As pregnancy progresses, the weight on the ligaments in the pelvic floor can become inflamed causing pelvic pain, bowel or bladder symptoms, or even painful intercourse! These symptoms can continue throughout and after pregnancy. Working with a physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor health can give you relief from pelvic pain, urinary and bowel symptoms, and other pelvic floor dysfunction.

Check out the Foundations of Pelvic Health– a course created by Dr. Cozean designed to give you tools to assess and improve movement in 7 different areas of the body!

The course includes:
✅  7 Different Movement Techniques that all support pelvic health
✅  Full explanation of each movement and how it relates to your pelvic symptoms
✅ An overview of the pelvic floor and the interrelationship with the rest of the body
✅ Information on how to safely exercise with pelvic health issues
✅ A 25-min, full-length Pelvic Health Flow that puts all these different motions together

Go to, choose the “movement” course and use code “BabiesAfter35” to get $10 off the $29 course!

Dr. Cozean’s practice, PelvicSanity, is located in Orange County, California, so this course is a great option for those out-of-town! She and her physical therapy team help women find relief from pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, urinary and bowel conditions, orthopedic pelvic pain, and or pre- and post-natal issues.

Don’t forget to watch our discussion to learn more about the condition that might be affecting you knowingly or maybe even unknowingly!

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD

Shannon M. Clark, MD, MMS is a double board certified ObGyn and Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, and founder of Babies After 35. In her roles as a clinician, educator and researcher at UTMB-Galveston, she focuses on the care of people with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy. Dr. Clark has taken a special interest in pregnancy after the age of 35, which according to age alone, is considered a high-risk pregnancy. In her role as a physician caring for high-risk pregnancies, she has counseled and treated hundreds of women over the years in her very own situation, and has found a whole new respect for the challenges and complications a woman may experience when trying to have a baby later in life.

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