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What To Expect From a Pregnancy Physiotherapy Appointment

Pregnancy physiotherapy appointment

Are you beginning to notice the physical changes due to pregnancy? Or perhaps you are deep into your pregnancy, feeling the ups and downs of this significant and ever-changing time?

Pregnancy brings with it a long and broad list of symptoms and changes. Some of these are exciting and beautiful to experience, while others can be challenging and uncomfortable. Your body is doing so much as it accommodates and supports your growing baby, so it’s inevitable that you will deal with some new feelings within your body.

Pregnancy physiotherapy is designed to help with your comfort and safety during the months leading up to and after the birth of your child. Learn more about this service and what to expect from pregnancy physiotherapy in West Ryde at NDPE.

Why Visit a Physiotherapist During Pregnancy?

Reaching out for professional support can be pivotal during pregnancy, especially physiotherapists when it comes to your physical changes. We can address a range of musculoskeletal issues to aim to alleviate your discomfort and minimise further concerns. Incorporating a physio into your healthcare team can provide a comprehensive approach to your pregnancy, which may be highly advantageous to your experience.

As your baby develops, your body does some incredible things. Some of these that may affect your comfort and mobility include:

  • Altered posture and centre of gravity.
  • Side-sleeping.
  • Increasing weight.
  • Musculoskeletal changes, such as spine misalignment.
  • Ligaments stretching.
  • Joints loosening.
  • Baby’s position.
  • Hormone fluctuations.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Inflammation.
  • Increased blood volume, which may affect your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Reduced lung capacity.
  • Decreased core or pelvic floor strength.

These changes can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Lower back pain.
  • Shoulder and neck pain.
  • Lateral hip or pelvic pain.
  • Reduced mobility and stiffness.
  • Carpal tunnel.
  • Reduced bladder control.
  • Headaches.
  • Dizziness.
  • Fatigue.

Physiotherapy Treatment Options During Pregnancy

Our experienced physiotherapists can work with you towards short and long-term improvement. After a full assessment of your symptoms and medical history and discussing your goals with you, your physio will develop a personalised treatment plan.

Some physiotherapy methods your physio may include are:

  • Strapping and taping.
  • Posture and movement advice and education.
  • Massage.
  • Joint mobilisation.
  • Stretching.
  • Support devices and equipment.
  • Personalised exercise program.

Your physio will regularly assess your progress and symptoms and adjust your program when appropriate as your treatment brings about changes, as your baby grows, and as your body continues to develop. Open communication between you and your physio is important so that they know how you are feeling, how you are responding to treatment, and what your goals are.

The required number and frequency of physiotherapy appointments are dependent on your unique circumstances. Your physio will talk to you about your treatment plan and what it may involve.

Benefits of Pregnancy Physiotherapy, West Ryde

Pregnancy affects every person differently. Symptoms come and go, some may dominate, and some may not appear at all for certain people. A great thing about pregnancy physiotherapy is that it can be designed and adjusted to suit your individual needs.

Some benefits that you may experience due to pregnancy physiotherapy include:

  • Reduced pain.
  • Improved mobility and functionality.
  • Better balance and posture.
  • Reduced fall risk.
  • Increased strength and flexibility.
  • Reduced swelling.
  • Improved fitness and well-being.
  • Better mood management.
  • Feeling more physically prepared to give birth.
  • Improved postpartum recovery.

Pregnancy physiotherapy can address a diverse array of needs at whatever stage of pregnancy you may be in. It could even help prepare your body for the physical demands of pregnancy when carried out before pregnancy.

You may also find pregnancy physiotherapy useful even if symptoms are not significantly impacting your day-to-day life. Your physio can help you prevent or minimise future symptoms, strengthen your body, and maintain your fitness. They can also provide guidance related to childbirth that may assist with a more positive experience.

When you have given birth and have a new baby to look after, physiotherapy can remain advantageous. You may have symptoms and changes remaining from pregnancy and childbirth that physiotherapy might help to improve. Physios can also provide you with advice regarding factors such as safely lifting cumbersome items like prams and optimising your fitness and well-being while juggling the ever-changing demands of having a young child.

Related Link: Women’s Health: How Physiotherapy Can Help

Visit NDPE West Ryde For Pregnancy Physio

If you are planning for pregnancy or are pregnant, physiotherapy may be highly beneficial for you. It may help you feel empowered, physically stronger, and fitter, and may improve symptoms you are experiencing that are impacting your functioning and health.

Find out more about pregnancy physiotherapy and how our physios in West Ryde can help you!


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