Look after yourself before and after the birth. Your baby needs you to be in good shape.
Babies are welcome at Bodyfit Physio!

Our lovely reception staff can help with your little ones. It can be very tricky to look after yourself when you are on call 24/7. We are not able to take full responsibility, but we are here to help.

Antenatal physiotherapy

Use this text instead of the first paragraph: Your body produces the hormone Relaxin during pregnancy; this softens your connective tissue and ligaments. The functionality of the abdominal muscles changes and continues to change from the early stages of pregnancy.

During the 3rd trimester (if not before) – your centre of gravity changes. It is not possible for your posture to remain unaffected by pregnancy, but it is possible to minimise the effects.

Antenatal physiotherapy can include:
  • Specific treatment for back/pelvic/rib/neck pain
  • Evaluation of your posture and education and advice on how to optimise it.
  • Provision of a pelvic or abdominal brace if required.
  • Education and evaluation of the function of the pelvic floor muscles.
Postnatal Physiotherapy

Back and neck pain, muscle weakness, and generally not taking care of yourself are common in the post-natal period, but you can do something about it. You are doing a lot of looking after someone else, but it’s really important to look after yourself as well. Make sure you are in good shape to be able to do all the things you need to do.

Manual therapy can be useful for treating spinal pain particularly.

Pregnancy and childbirth place a lot of stress on the joints of the pelvis. Sometimes after all that load they spring back into the right place, but often they need a bit of help.

Looking after a baby will place a lot of stress on both your upper and your lower back.

Use this text instead of final paragraph: Relaxin, in conjunction with the laxity of ligaments in the postnatal and breastfeeding periods, mean that you may experience some difficulty, pain, and fatigue. The good news is that the hormone Relaxin, which causes the ligaments to relax, also tends to make postnatal women respond more quickly to manual therapy.

Pilates

Pilates is ideally suited to antenatal and postnatal exercise. The specialised equipment used in clinical Pilates uses spring resistance and pulleys that make muscle stabilisation either easier or harder. Emphasis is made on correcting specific areas of dysfunction. Safe and efficient movement minimises stress, promoting healing and preventing injury.

The pelvic floor muscles are part of the muscular ‘sling’ which supports the core. Pilates helps to strengthen the pelvic floor along with the rest of the core muscles.

Pregnancy and childbirth both have a significant impact on your pelvic floor and abdominals. A caesarean section is major abdominal surgery; right off the back of pregnancy, and the abdominals can struggle to cope with the demands of looking after a baby. Whatever your birth experience, Pilates can help you.

Pilates speeds up post-natal recovery. Recovering your previous form also takes a bit of time, and there is no need to rush yourself. Gently using those stretched or tired muscles can rapidly improve your muscle function and sense of well-being.

Read more about Pilates