What is Pre-Natal Physiotherapy?
During pregnancy your body experiences dramatic physiological changes. These are natural changes, but they may have a significant impact on the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments as they become softer, allowing your baby to grow and your body to change.
Your center of gravity will change as the hollow in your back increases, breasts enlarge, and your overall weight increases. Your abdominal muscles become stretched decreasing their ability to contract and keep your lower back in proper alignment. Your pelvic floor muscles become strained with the increasing weight of the baby. Everyday tasks such as sitting, walking, standing, and working can become difficult when pregnant.
Almost all women experience some musculoskeletal discomfort during pregnancy, and as many as 25% of all pregnant women experience debilitating pain. Up to 70% of pregnant women also experience stress urinary incontinence.
Even if you are not experiencing any discomfort or issues, prenatal physiotherapy can help prepare your body and train the muscles and supporting tissues for the birthing process.