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Exercise During and After Pregnancy

Exercise During and After Pregnancy

While every woman’s body is impacted differently by the changes brought on by pregnancy, exercise during and after pregnancy can have great benefits both physically and mentally.  

To find out how a physiotherapist can assist with your pregnancy journey, give the team at North West Physiotherapy a call today or visit us online for our locations and services.

The Importance of Exercise During Pregnancy

Not only is exercise great for the mind, it can also help expectant mothers maintain muscle tone, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, and as a result, the body can be better prepared for labour.  

Maintaining an exercise program throughout pregnancy can also assist in the body’s recovery process after bub is born.

Exercises for Pregnant Woman 

During pregnancy and postnatally, there should be a focus on low impact exercise which builds and maintains muscle strength and tone – particularly of the pelvic floor muscles.  

Some examples of this type of exercise are walking, pilates, yoga, swimming and hydrotherapy. 

Activities that result in a feeling of ‘bearing down’ should be avoided. 

Due to the increased laxity of connective tissue during and immediately after pregnancy, it is best to avoid overstretching or overexerting during exercise.  

How Much Exercise Should You Do While Pregnant? 

How much exercise and what type of exercise during pregnancy and the early postpartum period depends on the individual and whether they have any underlying musculoskeletal or pelvic floor conditions. 

It’s always a good idea to speak to a pelvic floor physiotherapist who can guide the patient through a specific exercise program designed for their needs. 

Exercise During and After Pregnancy 

If you’re experiencing aches and pains during your pregnancy and wish to continue exercising, one of our physiotherapists can help with treatment options and a program to suit you.  

Contact the experienced and friendly team at North West Physiotherapy today on;

North West Physiotherapy is your one-stop pain relief and healthy living practice in Brisbane. With four clinics across North Brisbane; Everton ParkKeperra, Eatons Hill and Nundah our aim is to provide holistic healthcare solution to suit your specific lifestyle. 

Our services include Physiotherapy, Sports PhysioHydrotherapyPilates, PodiatryDry NeedlingMassageWomens Health, and Seniors Strength and Balance Classes. Please note that services vary across our clinics. 

Appointments available 6am – 7:30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am – 12:30pm on Saturdays. Book online here or call us on 07 3353 4111.