Exercise during pregnancy is important and provides many benefits. Rather than aiming to ‘to get fit’ through rigorous exercise, our pre and post-natal Pilates classes allow you to enjoy focussing on your posture, gentle stretching and strengthening exercises in a relaxed environment.
The classes are led by female physiotherapists with additional training and experience in physiotherapy relating to Women’s Health; pre and post-natal care; and can assist and educate you about common Women’s Health and musculoskeletal conditions.
Common conditions reported in women during pregnancy:
Certain conditions including: pelvic girdle pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, low back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and rectus diastasis are commonly reported in women during pregnancy and post-partum.
Physiotherapy and appropriate exercises can help in managing these conditions, pain points and help to improve function.
What do the classes involve?
The pregnancy and post-natal Pilates classes at The Physio Clinic involve strengthening and joint mobility exercises, using gym and Pilates equipment, tailored to your stage of pregnancy or post-natal period and your personal needs and goals.
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 your baby, keeping up with your children and other work, social and domestic activities while pregnant, lifting and carrying your newborn and car equipment numerous times everyday!
Many other benefits of exercise during pregnancy include:
Cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength
Healthy weight gain, mood and sleep
Faster post-natal recovery and weight loss
Incidence of pregnancy low back pain/Pelvic Girdle pain
Labour time, fewer complications
Fetal stress in labour
Fatigue, stress, anxiety, depression
Possible decrease in the risk of pre-clampsia, caesarean-section and pre-term birth
(ACOG 2015, RCOG 2006, SMA 2016)
There are a variety of exercises you can enjoy while pregnant, however the type, intensity, and duration should be modified for you, considering any existing medical conditions and the current trimester of pregnancy.
Is a referral needed for pre and post-natal Pilates classes?
A referral is not needed to see a physiotherapist, however if you have certain medical conditions or complications during pregnancy, a medical clearance from your GP or obstetrician is required prior to starting exercise during pregnancy.
What’s the next step?
We encourage you to discuss with your physiotherapist the forms of “safe exercise” and “exercises to avoid” in order 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
For more information or to book in for a pregnancy and post-natal Pilates class please call The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
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