Giving birth is one of life’s truly remarkable experiences and pregnancy and delivery (vaginal or caesarean section) are major events that bring about much change to your body and your life. Therefore, it is critical to understand how this process has affected you to enable optimal recovery postpartum and a safe return to exercise.
Pelvic floor muscles (PFM) undergo huge changes during pregnancy and during labour. A pelvic floor program after the birth of your baby is essential to reduce your chance of incontinence and prolapse, increase your sensation with sex, and improve your efficiency with higher impact exercise.
As women it is important to understand the risks and consequences of birth, how to care for your body following delivery, and what you should look out for following birth and returning to exercise.
The good news? There are many things that can be done to treat and better still, prevent pain & discomfort in this period!
We highly recommend a pelvic floor postnatal check with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist from 6-8 weeks after birth. The physiotherapy assessment enables you to understand the specific areas of the body you need to rehabilitate, especially your pelvic floor muscles to enable a return to normal function, especially when returning to more demanding exercise. In cases where the condition is related to the pelvic floor, bladder or bowel an internal examination may be necessary to achieve and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
SPECIALITY WOMEN'S HEALTH
PREGNANCY OR POSTNATAL PILATES
Want to stay active during your pregnancy or use Pilates to build strength post-partum? We welcome you to join our Pilates classes.
Staying active and becoming involved in regular exercise in pregnancy and during the post-natal period offers a great deal of benefits. Our equipment, reformer or mat Pilates classes will help you to keep healthy and strong throughout your pregnancy and ease you back into exercise following the birth of your baby and beyond.
Pregnant? Prior to the commencement of these classes please complete a 30 minute initial consult with one of the physiotherapists who can assess your posture, pelvic floor muscles and screen for modifications in class.
Post-partum? In order to begin these classes we recommend a 6 week postpartum review with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist where they can use real time ultrasound to assess pelvic floor.
Please contact the clinic for more info on how to join a class.
All consults are claimable through private health insurance.
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