Exercise Physiology (EP) & WOMEN’S HEALTH FAQ
Q. I just found out I’m pregnant, can I still exercise or will it harm the baby?
A. You can definitely still exercise when pregnant, even up to the final stages before birth under professional supervision. Regular exercise has shown multiple benefits in maintaining physical fitness, reducing the risk of gestational diabetes, reducing labour time and increased energy levels. A thorough assessment by one of our Exercise Physiologists enables us to identify your current fitness levels, any muscular imbalances and prescribe an appropriate program with modifications throughout each trimester of your pregnancy.
Q. I want to get back into exercise after having a baby. Where do I start?
A. It’s important to understand your body has experienced 9 months of physical and physiological changes, therefore your response to exercise may differ to before pregnancy. Following the medical clearance up to 6-8 weeks post-delivery, an assessment prior to commencing any exercise program is required. Readiness to return to exercise following the birth of your baby can be influenced by a number of factors including pre-natal fitness, your wellbeing goals and the delivery. Seeing an Exercise Physiologist can assist you in designing a safe rehabilitation program, targeting pelvic floor and core strength, hip stability and increasing cardiovascular fitness.
Q. I have noticed my balance has decreased. Is this normal and can it get better?
A. Feeling unstable can be related to a number of factors such as previous falls, muscle weaknesses, medications and increasing age. Upon assessment with one of our Exercise Physiologists, we can use exercise to develop a program specific to balance training by improving confidence, muscular strength, co-ordination and thereby balance. Through consistent practice we can increase the difficulty of balance tasks due to adaptations and improvements.