Role of the physiotherapist in pre-natal care

By Chelsea JohnstonLifecare Northern Sports Physiotherapy Clinic, physiotherapist and Pilates instructor.

The human body changes remarkably during pregnancy.

Your heart will grow physically bigger, and your feet can grow up to a full size bigger.

Over 30-40 weeks a majority of the changes you experience will help you grow and nourish a growing baby or babies.

These changes also occur to prepare the body for a safe birth.

Such as:

The rapid paces of these changes can cause issues to arise.

Many of these concerns or issues can be addressed by a women’s health physiotherapist.

Particularly for those experiencing pregnancy, a focus on your pelvic health can help prevent a range of temporary and chronic issues.

While everyone can experience benefits from treating and improving their pelvic health with a physiotherapist, there are very specific benefits during pregnancy.

These include but are not limited to:

How pelvic health physiotherapy can help during pregnancy

Assessment and treatment of common pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions

Assessment and management of pelvic floor concerns

Birth skills

Supporting recovery after pregnancy

Your pelvic health specialist can continue to support you and your family as you physically recover from birth in multiple ways including, but not limited to:

It’s important to consult with a pelvic health physiotherapist who specialises in prenatal care to ensure the exercises and treatments are tailored to your specific needs and pregnancy stage.

You can book in your consultation with one of our pelvic health specialists wherever you are in your pregnancy journey.

Contact your local Lifecare clinic to find a specialist near you.