Pregnancy, Exercise and Beyond
Exercising throughout pregnancy has a multitude of benefits for mum and baby, and it can help alleviate many pregnancy symptoms. It can also help lead to a better birthing experience, better recovery and assist with complications in the post-natal period.
However, due to the multitude of changes that occur to the body during pregnancy, physiological changes, biomechanical changes and energy level changes exercise during pregnancy can be challenging. All of these changes must be taken into account to ensure exercise stays safe for you and your baby. .
We will work with YOU to ensure your exercise is appropriate for each stage of pregnancy and will provide YOU with the best possible outcomes.
Exercise during pregnancy can:
- Improve the health of you and your baby
- Assist with easing lower back pain
- Help strengthen your pelvic floor
- Improve energy and sleep
- Help manage Gestational Diabetes
In the post-natal period we we offer a bridging service before you commence “regular” exercise. We enable you to return to exercise/ sport. We do this by tailoring functional movement patterns to YOU to:
- Strengthen pelvic floor muscles
- Assist with tightness that may occur dur to breastfeeding and altered postures
- Overcome any complications that may have arisen due to pregnancy and the demands that have been placed on your body
Is an extremely common condition that can occur after having a baby (although men are also susceptible). Also known as abdominal separation it occurs when the coloogen structure between the abdominals stretches. This can lead to: low back pain, pelvic floor dysfunction and weakened core resulting in other muscle complaints.
An individualised exercise program will assist in rehabilitation of diastasis recti and associated conditions.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Pelvic floor dysfunction, often leading to incontinence, is an extremely common but not normal occurrence in females. Pelvic floor muscles ensure that your pelvic organs stay where they are meant to be and do not negatively impact day to day life. Re-training of the pelvic floor can assist with: incontinence (bladder and bowel), prolapse, back pain, and other pelvic pain. Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very treatable condition and can improve your quality of life dramatically.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary syndrome effects between 12-18% of women. Due to the nature of this condition and it’s symptomology exercise can help the individual with PCOS in many ways. PCOS is a complex condition affecting the balance of hormones within the body, new evidence indicates that exercise can help with the symptoms that come along with this imbalance such as:
- Insulin resistance
- Reduced fertility
- Increased weight
- Reduced mood
Many types of exercise can assist in the management of PCOS and we will find the exercise that suits YOU and provides YOU with the best results.
Depending on the stage of Breast cancer exercise is very vital. Exercise is important in the prevention of breast cancer for those at risk, during treatment and also for cancer survivors. Once again exercise helps in a multitude of ways when it is tailored to the individual. Exercise is prescribed depending on the course of treatment, lingering side effects and changes that may have occurred due to the cancer or treatment. At any stage of breast cancer exercise will assist in a holistic manner improving body, mind and soul.
Facing fertility issues can be heartbreaking and challenging. In some cases too much exercise can result in changes to fertility as can too little. Research indicates that a certain level of exercise can help create a healthy hormonal environment within the body and also lead you on the way to better health further enhancing fertility outcomes.