Dr Jessica Mangala
Exercise throughout pregnancy is important for keeping your body strong and healthy. As the hormone relaxin increases so does the laxity of your ligaments. Therefore, it is important to know how to modify for these changes to reduce discomfort through your pregnancy.
Exercise is also important for recovery as well, research shows that the stronger you are, the better your recovery is and the sooner you can get back into activity postpartum.
As some of you are already aware the challenges with becoming a mother don’t stop once you've had bub; carrying, breastfeeding and changed sleeping patterns may take their toll on your body. You’ll want to be in the best shape possible!
According to the Sports Medicine Australia guidelines exercise through pregnancy also reduces your risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
It also includes other benefits such as:
Improved muscular strength and endurance
Improved cardiovascular function and physical fitness.
Reduced back and pelvic pain
Reduced fatigue, stress, anxiety and depression
Fewer delivery complications in women who are active during pregnancy
Prevention and management of urinary incontinence
As you embark on your journey through pregnancy your body will undergo changes that may challenge the way you exercise. Having help along the way is important as you modify techniques to suit any stage of pregnancy. If you are pregnant, planning on getting pregnant or getting back into exercise after your baby, our chiropractors are here to help. To begin, you will have a functional movement and injury assessment. You'll discuss how to safely use gym equipment and go through a summary of what is safe to do during pregnancy, including considerations during the different trimesters, exercise guidelines and how you can modify specific exercises. Our exercise programs are designed to help women feel confident to exercise through all stages of the pregnancy including pre and post-partum.
Both options you would begin by sitting down with a pregnancy-trained Chiropractor for a functional movement and injury assessment, we would then discuss the use of gym equipment and your program!
This program is designed to help women feel confident to exercise through all stages of the pregnancy including pre and post-partum.
To book an appointment with our chiropractic team, make an online reservation here.
SMA Position Statement Exercise in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period updated 19/07/16, www.sma.org.au