Pre & Post Natal
Corrective Exercise Consultations
Your physical health can have a significant impact on your pregnancy, birth, and postnatal recovery and should be considered a vital aspect of prenatal care.
While the health of you and your baby are closely monitored throughout pregnancy, discussions about pregnancy exercise guidelines and recommendations are not typically the focus during appointments with your obstetrician or midwife.
This is where I come in!
As a pre & postnatal corrective exercise specialist, I provide specialised education and coaching on how to achieve a strong and healthy body throughout pregnancy, techniques for managing pregnancy-related conditions such as lower back & hip pain, and guidance with a safe return to exercise after having a baby.
Your personalised care plan will include exercise programs that fit in with your everyday life and activities so that it is easy to implement, and can become a regular part of your day.
Areas of focus:
Education about Pregnancy Exercise Guidelines
Pelvic Floor & Abdominal Exercises
How to Implement Exercise Into Your Daily Activities
Preparing Your Body for Labour & Birth
Managing Musculoskeletal Pain & Discomfort
Diastasis Recti Prevention & Recovery
Safe Return to Exercise After Having a Baby
Self-care & Alternative Therapies
Personalised Exercise Programs
I believe that a multidisciplinary approach to pregnancy and postnatal care can lead to better outcomes for both mother and baby, and enjoy collaborating with other health practitioners to provide women with optimal perinatal care.
How Can Exercise Help During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, a woman experiences several physical and hormonal changes which often causes the body to function at a less than optimal level. Changes in posture, alignment, body weight, organ placement, and pressure on the pelvic floor can affect many areas including balance, strength, mobility and breathing.
Regular exercise throughout your pregnancy can help you maintain strong core and pelvic floor health, increase your overall strength and fitness level, help alleviate common pregnancy discomforts, and provide additional benefits to both you and your baby.
It is recommended that you follow an exercise program specifically tailored to pregnancy and that is appropriate for your trimester. Programs led by a certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor, yoga teacher or allied health professional who has completed additional training in pre & postnatal exercise is a great place to start.
Benefits of Exercise For Mum
Fewer Pregnancy Discomforts
Healthy weight gain
Reduced likelihood of Gestational Diabetes
Reduced likelihood of Preeclampsia
Decreased need for pain relief
Decreased risk of non-surgical interventions
Decreased risk of surgical interventions
Less time spent in labour
Reduced likelihood of excessive birth weight babies
Faster Postpartum Recovery
Faster recovery from both vaginal and Caesareans births
Stronger pelvic floor muscles
Increased energy levels
Significantly reduced aches and pains
Improved overall functionality of entire body
Benefits of Exercise For Baby
Improved nutrient and waste exchange
Fewer pregnancy complications
Fewer fetal interventions
Tolerates the stresses of labour better
Higher Apgar scores
Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance and Respiration
Increased intelligence scores
Improved mental & physical health into adulthood
Food For Thought...
When preparing for a marathon, athletes spend on average 6-12 months and approximately 150-300 hours in training for an event that lasts 5 hours.
Pregnant women on the other hand spend on average 20-30 hours of training in a 9 month period for an event that will last approximately 12 to 24 HOURS!
Giving birth requires a tremendous amount of mental and physical endurance. Therefore, it only makes sense that we should take the time to prepare both our mind and our body during this life-changing transformation!