Hydrotherapy and pregnancy

Water-based exercise can be highly beneficial for pregnant women for many reasons. In this blog, Jessica Pratley, outlines some of the benefits that can be associated.

Antenatal pool classes:

Antenatal Hydrotherapy exercise classes can start from 14 weeks of pregnancy. Classes are generally 45 minutes long and involve exercises such as gentle cardio, stretching, general strengthening, pelvic floor and deep abdominal exercises. It is a great way to remain active, meet other expectant mothers and let the water take the weight off your joints.

A review by your obstetrician or GP is recommended before commencing the hydrotherapy class.


1. Hydrotherapy is safe for pregnant women as the water supports the weight of the body which reduces the pressure on the pelvic floor. Exercises that are difficult and not recommended to perform on land (such as: jumping and jogging) can be performed comfortably and safely in the water.

2. Exercising in the water helps to prevent fluid retention and swelling

3. For women who suffer from the aches and pains associated with pregnancy (pelvic girdle pain, back pain, pubic symphysis dysfunction etc.) the water can assist with managing their symptoms.

4. Women can maintain an active lifestyle and maintain a healthy body weight throughout the pregnancy

5. Exercise has been proven to improve mood and mental state

6. Participating in exercise during pregnancy has shown to allow a quicker postnatal recovery

Who shouldn’t participate in hydrotherapy?
Hydrotherapy can be highly beneficial for pregnant women, however it is not for everyone. If you are somebody who suffers from any of the conditions stated below, we do not recommend participating in hydrotherapy as it can have an impact your health. For further information regarding this speak to your general practitioner.

If you would like to join an Antenatal Hydrotherapy Class at Southcare the times are;

Monday 6-7pm

Thursday 6-7pm

Saturday 10-11am

Pelvic floor

What are the pelvic floor muscles?

The pelvic floor is made up of layers of muscle and connective tissue. The muscles attach at the front of the pelvis at the pubic bone and insert at the tail bone.

What is their function?

The pelvic floor muscles have four main functions:

How to use them?

For further information regarding the pelvic floor refer to the Pelvic Floor First website: http://www.pelvicfloorfirst.org.au/pages/pelvic-floor-muscle-exercises-for-women.html