Physiotherapy and Pregnancy
There is a lot of support for women in pregnancy and a physiotherapist can also bring something to the table.
- Offering a screening for pregnant women to identify if they could participate in exercise.
- Pregnancy causes strain on muscles and the skeleton – this causes problems with posture , strength, flexibility and balance. A physiotherapist can assess for any issues that could effect a pregnancy.
- Teach exercises to pregnant women that are safe as well as being effective.
- Even in a group a physiotherapist can assess and instruct according to individual needs.
- Facilitate pre and post natal educations.
Involving a physiotherapist into pre natal care encourages an increase in fitness for the women, not only for a healthier pregnancy but for an easier birth and postpartum fitness.
A particular problem that requires a physiotherapist input is Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) also referred to a pelvic girdle pain (PGP) . This where the the pelvic joints of the pregnant woman is causing extreme pain thought to be caused by baby hormones. This can be especially bad at night, movements such as climbing stairs can be exacerbate the problem. There are a number of exercises that can be done to help alleviate the pain and others that should be avoided – seeing a physiotherapist identifies the exercises that suit the particular problem.