There is conflicting advice on exercising during pregnancy which makes many mums to be nervous and scared to continue with physical activity. It is actually quite the opposite and as long as you have doctors clearance it can be very beneficial to continue most exercises while pregnant.
The current ACOG guidelines 2015
Physical activity and exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period, Number 650, December 2015
- Women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be encouraged to engage in aerobic and strength conditioning exercises before, during and after pregnancy
- An exercise program that leads to an eventual goal of moderate-intensity exercise (equivalent to brisk walking) for at least 20-30 minutes per day (150min per week) on most if not all days of the week should be developed
- Physical activity in pregnancy has minimal risks and has been shown to benefit most women, although some modification to exercise routines may necessary because of normal anatomic and physiologic changes and fetal requirements
- A thorough clinical evaluation should be conducted before recommending an exercise program to ensure that a patient does not have a medical reason to avoid exercise
- Obstetrician-gynaecologists and other obstetric care providers should carefully evaluate women with medical or obstetric complications before making recommendations on physical activity participation during pregnancy
- Regular physical activity during pregnancy improves or maintains physical fitness, helps with weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women and enhances psychologic well-being
Pregnancy Pilates at Chevron Island Physio is the perfect way to continue exercising as you progress through all stages of pregnancy. Our Pilates are an equipment based class using reformers and Cadillac tables as well as various props such as balls, bands and fitness circles. These classes help expecting mothers in their first, second and third trimesters to develop awareness of their pelvic floor and strengthen and support their lower back while keeping fit and healthy. Classes are kept small with each person being instructed with their own program according to their needs.
Some of the benefits of Pilates during pregnancy include: Improves or maintains physical fitness, reduces risk of gestational diabetes, psychologic wellbeing, and helps with weight management. In addition to the above benefits, exercise in pregnancy has also been linked to: Shorter, easier and less complicated labors, decreased length of hospital stay and a reduced caesarean section rate by 25%, an improved placental quality and higher apgar scores (a method to quickly summarize the health of a newborn).
Patients will need clearance from their Doctor prior to commencing these classes. An initial introductory session with one of our Physiotherapists is required to do a full assessment prior to commencement of the class. Being run by physiotherapists your classes may be covered under private health extras cover.
An Initial Pilates Consultation with a Physiotherapist will comprise of a comprehensive examination including an ultrasound of the pelvic floor, enabling us to see the extent to which the pelvic floor is activating (or not activating!). A personalised program can then be developed based on the findings along with your personal history and goals.
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