Exercising during pregnancy can be a difficult task. Many factors need to be taken into account including your fitness levels before pregnancy and the type of exercise you are doing. High impact exercise or lifting heavy weights can be risky especially once in the second trimester and there are specific positions that need to be avoided.
Taking all of this into account plus the fact that pregnancies do differ in each individual it is important to consult your specialist doctor before commencing any exercise program whilst pregnant.
Once given the ok to exercise it is important to choose something that you feel comfortable and safe doing. For many women Clinical Pilates is a great option.
Some benefits of prenatal pilates include:
- Low impact gentle exercise – less pressure on joints
- Safer than many exercise alternatives
- Supervised sessions with specialist physiotherapists
- Maintain your strength and fitness
- Help manage and prevent joint pain
- Improve posture, flexibility and balance
- Helps prepare the body for labour to have easier delivery
- Aids in a quicker recovery post labour
- Sociable – a great way to meet like-minded people
As research has progressed more and more health professionals are recommending pre-natal Clinical Pilates to help with issues faced by women during and after pregnancy. These issues can be related to lower back pain, pelvic pain and incontinence to name a few.
During pregnancy ligaments become more elastic and as a result once well supported joints such as the spine and pelvis can become painful.
This is because the ligaments are no longer supporting the joint as tightly as they were before and the added weight of the baby can cause the joints to move differently and cause irritation in surrounding areas.
At Health Point Physiotherapy we run a range of Clinical Pilates classes including pre and post natal. All sessions are run by physiotherapists and are claimable on private health insurance. We also offer a wide range of physiotherapy services to help tackle that pregnancy pain and offer discounts for individuals who attend both pilates and physiotherapy with us.
If you have any questions why not pop into the clinic if you are nearby or contact us through sending an email or making a phone call to find out more.
Margarita Gurevich is Senior Physiotherapist at Health Point Physiotherapy. She completed Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University and Diploma of SCENAR Therapy in Moscow SCENAR Centre. In her practice apart from general physiotherapy Margarita extensively uses Clinical Pilates, SCENAR therapy, drug phoresis and other clinically proven and highly effective electrotherapy techniques. She specialises in back and neck pain, incontinence and women’s health.
Margarita is experienced in Real Time ultrasound and McKenzie treatment. She is also consulting her patients interested in healthy lifestyle and wellbeing. Margarita was interviewed for Women’s Health and Fitness magazine and presented at 4th Australasian SCENAR conference.