Physiotherapy and Pregnancy

Excellent reasons to complete physiotherapy and exercise during pregnancy can be because:

  • Before becoming pregnant you have enjoyed completing exercise and you want to know how to continue being active during your pregnancy

  • You want to start building up strength and keep moving so that you can prepare yourself for the physical challenge of looking after a new arrival

  • Following holistic advice that you can receive in your antenatal period, you will have strategies that you can put into action in your early post natal weeks and months - to be stronger in both your mental and physical health

Please bear in mind if you have any complications that may affect your pregnancy, it is recommended that you seek clearance from your consultant prior to completing new exercise programmes.  

 

Pelvic Girdle Pain and Low back pain in Pregnancy

Unfortunately this is a condition that can affect may women during their pregnancy.  It can present as pain:

  • in the lower back or buttocks

  • at the front of the pelvis (symphysis pubis)

  • hips

  • Inner thighs/groin

  • all around the pelvis

  • can include pain referral down the leg 

 

It is thought that the tissues around the pelvis can become more sensitised during pregnancy.  Other factors such as; postural changes, work or family stresses, poor sleep, previous back pain or injury in the area and completion of your daily activities as your body changes can then stress these structures further causing pain. 

 

Physiotherapy can really help in a number of ways to help calm the sensitive structures, and then build up areas to provide extra support.  It is important to seek this advice earlier rather than later so you can address issues before they worsen.  This condition can really affect your ability to enjoy your pregnancy and fulfil work or family needs.    

 

The provision of strengthening and stretching exercises can help to provide stability to the pelvis and spine.  Massage and hands on soft tissue release strategies can help when there are muscles that have become tighter, which often occurs due to the changes in postural alignment through pregnancy.

Acupuncture is also a safe and effective treatment during pregnancy to help manage pain, which will then allow you to complete some of the exercises and keep moving.  

Trying on a pelvic belt may also offer you some relief to help reduce some of the pain.

Pregnancy and the Pelvic Floor Muscles

The pelvic floor muscles are also really important to consider in this time, especially if you are experiencing any incontinence issues in your pregnancy.  A specialist assessment can help to guide you on how to complete these exercises correctly, so you can maintain a strong pelvic floor throughout your pregnancy and beyond.