Women's Health Physiotherapy

Exercise during Pregnancy

Exercising during pregnancy has been proven to help prevent GDM, control weight gain, reduce blood pressure problems as well as improve mood and sleep.  The Australian physical activity guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise every week and should incorporate some strength training. Pilates is a great way to remain activity when pregnant, as it is low impact and focuses on strengthening key muscles needed for pregnancy and birth including pelvic floor, core and glutes.

Along with the mental and emotional toll of pregnancy, your body will also experience huge changes which can affect your physical performance due to pain and discomfort.  It is important to realise that help is at hand.  Our women’s health trained physiotherapists will assist you during your pregnancy to help keep or get your body into the best possible condition to cope with the physical demands that pregnancy brings.  We do this through a comprehensive, systematic approach to help you achieve your goals and provide lasting results.

Prenatal physiotherapy has many benefits, these include:

  • Improving muscle tone- allowing your body to cope with the physical demands of the pregnancy and help maintain your strength
  • Reduce recovery times- it is proven that individuals seeing a Physiotherapist tend to have shorter recovery times.  Obviously an especially important factor in being able to take care of your newborn
  • Reduce bladder weakness through exercising and educating you on pelvic floor health.

Please read on for a quick snapshot of the most common conditions we can help you with:

Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)

PGP has many related terms, but essentially it is defined by discomfort that causes pain, instability, and limitation of mobility due to pregnancy.  Symptoms can occur due to the relaxation of the pelvic ligaments and increased joint mobility in pregnancy.  Symptoms vary from mild to severe discomfort and debilitating pain effecting mobility.

There are treatments to help and techniques to manage the pain and discomfort.  It is important to get the right advice and treatment early on, as PGP in pregnancy can usually be managed and the discomfort minimised or even resolved in some cases.

As the treatment options are many and varied, you can trust us to manage and help you through this.

Abdominal Separation

Abdominal separation, which may also be called DRAM (Diastasis Rectus Abdominus Muscle) can be a concerning condition for women to suffer during pregnancy.  It is a very common condition which in most cases, with the correct advice, can be resolved.  In most cases the cause can be misinformation or a lack of the body’s readiness for pregnancy.

Abdominal separation occurs when the tissue connecting your abdominal muscles (linae alba) weakens and thins.  This can result in a shifting or separation of the abdominal muscles causing an area to bulge and become weak at the centre of the tummy.  This usually occurs in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

Early intervention is important and treatment focuses on rebuilding the strength of your abdominals and educating you on managing your symptoms.

Prenatal physiotherapy helps to reduce the pain and inconveniences that you experience as a direct result of being pregnant. This can significantly improve your overall quality of life during your pregnancy and improve your post-pregnancy period.  There’s no need to worry that you can’t undergo physiotherapy while you’re pregnant.  This isn’t true.  Not only are you able to, but it also has proven results!

Please note that here at the Beaumaris Physiotherapy Centre we are also stockists of the SRC garments to assist you in your recovery.

If any of the above resonates with you, don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 9589 3264, or book online to see one of our highly trained pelvic and pregnancy related physiotherapist.