Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
Being pregnant is an exciting time, but it can also be an uncomfortable time. Gaining a few pounds is not the only change a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy. Whether you are pregnant, or someone you know is pregnant, you may be surprised at how much physical therapy can help. In most cases, you don’t have to suffer through things like low back pain, urinary incontinence, or lack of core strength (including diastasis recti) before, or after having a baby.
Exercise is a great way to improve your mood, increase your energy level and even prevent pregnancy complications down the road.
Of course there are a few precautions to keep in mind when exercising during pregnancy. It is always wise to consult your doctor prior to starting a workout program, especially if there are complications involved.
Here are a few general guidelines:
- Avoid laying flat on your back after the 1st trimester
- Take rest breaks and stop the activity if you notice increased fatigue or shortness of breath
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid overstretching
- Stick to low impact exercise activities
If you are in good health and are looking for a few suggestions of exercises you can perform during or after pregnancy click here for a few examples. Otherwise, if you are suffering with back pain, diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, or another pregnancy related issue, contact your physician or feel free to call us at (248) 362-2150. We would be glad to meet with you to address your specific needs.