The pregnancy and post-natal period can be an exciting and joyful time, however many women can experience pain and discomfort caused from physiological changes in their muscles, ligaments and joints that can affect their whole body.
Physiotherapy can be highly beneficial pre or post pregnancy to assist with:
Alleviating and managing ‘pregnancy-related’ musculoskeletal pain and conditions
Providing education and advice
Prescribing safe and appropriate exercises – to help your body meet the physical demands of the pregnant and post-natal stages.
Certain conditions including: pelvic girdle pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, lower back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and rectus diastasis are commonly reported in women during pregnancy and post-partum. Physiotherapy treatment and prescription of appropriate exercise can help in managing these conditions and improving pain and function.
Pregnancy is a time to enjoy focusing on your own health too!
Pilates classes can assist with posture, gentle stretching, strengthening and relaxing. Exercising and staying active during pregnancy provides many benefits to you and your baby.
Maintaining or improving your ‘muscle strength’ can assist with managing the associated physical demands during pregnancy and motherhood such as:
Carrying the increasing weight of the fetus
Keeping up with your children and other work, social and domestic activities while pregnant
Lifting and carrying the newborn and car equipment numerous times everyday!
Benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:
Improve and maintain cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength
Promote healthy weight gain, mood and sleep
Promote faster post-natal recovery and weight loss
Decrease incidence of pregnancy lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain
Decrease risk of gestational diabetes
Decrease labour time, fewer complications
Decrease fetal stress in labour
Decrease fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression
Possible decrease risk of pre-clampsia, caesarean-section, pre-term birth.
(ACOG 2015, RCOG 2006, SMA 2016)
Is Pilates safe during pregnancy?
Pilates is a safe and effective method of exercise to help strengthen your body and recover from joint pain during pregnancy and postpartum. Pilates classes are led by female physiotherapists with additional training and experience in Physiotherapy relating to Women’s Health and pre and post-natal care.
What’s involved for women new to Pilates?
Each individual has their own tailored program involving strengthening and joint mobility exercises. We use gym and Pilates equipment to suit your condition, stage of pregnancy or post-natal period, and your personal needs and goals.
There’s a variety of exercises you can enjoy whilst pregnant, however the type, intensity and duration should be modified for the individual and consider any existing medical conditions and the current trimester of pregnancy.
You can discuss with your physiotherapist about the forms of safe exercise and what to avoid – to prevent injury or harm during pregnancy. An initial assessment with your physiotherapist, and either your doctor or midwife is required to screen for any precautions and contraindications prior to starting exercise during pregnancy.
Sarah Biermann – Physiotherapist
Contact The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
Prospect | Findon | Burnside Hospital | Blackwood
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2015, ‘Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum period’.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 2006, ‘Recreational exercise and pregnancy’.
Sports Medicine Australia 2016, SMA Position Statement Exercise in Pregnancy and Postpartum Period.