The vital systems of the body namely, cardiac, pulmonary, renal and gastrointestinal start working overtime in order to house the new life. The mother’s posture, energy level and overall sense of well-being start getting affected. A woman’s body goes through immense physical and hormonal changes before and after delivery. For years, discomforts associated with pregnancy has been accepted as a normal part of the process. But today, people are being more health conscious and they have started understanding the need of taking special care and nutrition during the time of pregnancy. Physical Therapy helps relieve discomfort experienced during pregnancy and also, prepares the body for delivery.
A carefully designed exercise program benefits a pregnant women and her baby by keeping her fit and active during her pregnancy and helps in easing and hastening the process of labor and delivery. Not only prenatal, it is also effective in improving postnatal well-being. Marjory, it helps a women fight the risk of postnatal depression (PND).
Physical therapy helps recover and train the musculoskeletal system. It is of extreme importance for pregnant women to do light physical activities and continue with her daily household works. Exercise helps the abdominal muscles to minimize strain and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Perineal massage prepares the pelvic floor muscles for the mega –stretch that these muscles face when the baby’s head is exited out of the vaginal opening and improves the elasticity of these muscles. Kegel’s exercise helps in training the “Physiological Pull” phenomenon. A mother gets physical and emotional support to cope with childbirth by this physical training. After childbirth, the mother should undergo postpartum assessment to analyze the level of strength, elasticity and power of abdominal and pelvic muscle tissues after birth. This is very necessary in multiparous women as the more the children are delivered, the more weakened becomes the pelvic floor, no matter; the deliveries are vaginal or Caesarean. Physical therapy helps accelerates the normal muscular healing process.
Latest Publications and Research on Pregnancy ExercisesRectus Muscle Hematoma as a Rare Differential Diagnosis of Acute Abdomen; a Case Report. - Published by PubMed
Queen of the mountain: successful pregnancy while exercising up to 5300 m. - Published by PubMed
Supporting healthy weight gain and management in pregnancy: Does a mandatory training education session improve knowledge and confidence of midwives? - Published by PubMed
Experimental studies in the gestational period: an overview of scientific production. - Published by PubMed
Physical Exercise During Pregnancy Prevents Cognitive Impairment Induced by Amyloid-ß in Adult Offspring Rats. - Published by PubMed