JWHPT is pleased to present articles designated for our Fourth Trimester Special Issue which could not be included solely due to page limitations. These post-partum articles could have just as easily appeared in the special issue, and we will present more articles destined for the Fourth Trimester in the July/September issue.

In a two-study investigation, Drs. Johnson, Williams, and Hill examined the important subject of associations between reported prenatal pelvic floor education and perceived discrepancy between expectations and experience with post-partum pelvic floor and mental health symptoms. [𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀]

Dr. Christopher and colleagues propose a 4-phase rehabilitation framework to prepare post-partum runners for symptom free running. This framework includes exercise prescription, example exercises, running progression and progression goals as well as a video abstract. [𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲𝘀𝘀]

To gain an in depth understanding of nurses’ viewpoints on acute post-partum physical therapy, Dr. Divine and associates conducted focus groups and found nurses had a limited understanding of the scope and role of physical therapy practice in this setting. 

Dr. Snyder and co-authors found that a post-partum pelvic health education webinar could improve knowledge of the pelvic floors structure and function as well as the role of this musculature in urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. 

In a case-controlled study from a group led by Dr Foster, using transperineal ultrasound women with urgency/frequency predominant lower urinary tract symptoms displayed an anterior cranial anterior position of pelvic floor muscles at rest and less puborectalis length muscle lengthening with bearing down.

The Female Athlete: Elevating Health and Performance
You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in our 2023 Special Issue.  Deadline for submission: August 15, 2022. Topics may include but are not limited to:

✓ pelvic health

✓ menstrual health

✓ factors affecting participation and performance

✓ mental health

Manuscript submission information.

Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy 

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