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GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era

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GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era

GI Dysfunction in the Immediate Post-Partum Era

This course includes


Why should health care providers care about GI dysfunction in our post natal clients?

There is an alignment pelvic health bowel dysfunction in the recovery from pregnancy – but what about all of the other neurophysiologic implications.  Exercise choices can actually worsen GI symptoms.  It is time to widen the screen and look at the convergent neurological factors that link autonomic and spinal nerve dysfunction to bowel health.  

Discussion of current research evidence and clinical guidelines to help all of us recognize the implications of neuro/hormonal/chemical physiological drivers. Strategies will be presented to ensure recognition of red flags and understand when to treat and when to refer.  A clinical algorithm will help us make informed choices for effective interventions.


  • Describe the changes in the GI system from pregnancy to post-partum
  • Recognize dysfunction in the GI system including red flags for referrals
  • Understand the implications of change in the GI system and its effects on post-partum healing, hormonal balance and return to exercise
  • Plan and design interventions using breath, exercise for optimal recovery
  • Utilize support and nutrition for improving GI function in the post-partum era – from pregnancy to one year post-partum


Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Midwives, Fitness Professionals

The instructors
Susan Clinton

Susan Clinton completed her Doctor of Science degree at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and graduated with her NAIOMT fellowship in orthopedic manual therapy in 2013. She was accepted as a Fellow by the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Therapists in 2014.

As a Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Manual Therapy, Orthopedics and Women’s Health, she has been actively treating patients with pelvic floor, urinary, bowel, reproductive, oncology, persistent pain, sports injuries and post-surgical diagnoses.

Susan is active with the American Physical Therapy Association, serving in governance as a local delegate and alternate delegate, and as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Guidelines steering committee for the Section on Women’s Health and the Women’s Health Global Initiative. She is the past secretary on the Section on Women’s Health Board of Directors and the former President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group of the Orthopedic Section of the APTA.

Course Material included in this course
  • Presentation
  • Welcome and Slides
  • Introduction and GI Physiology
  • Impact of Pregnant Physiology
  • Neurophysiology of the GI System
  • What Goes Wrong - Post Natal Pt1
  • What Goes Wrong - Post Natal Pt2
  • The Systems Approach
  • Food Sensitivities and Nutrition
  • Exercise and Athletics
  • Feedback
  • Q&A
  • Questions
  • Questions that were not answered during the webinar
  • Feedback
Patient Education included in this course
  • Better poop positions using the Squatty Potty
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