YOUR BODY & PREGNANCY…
“Maintaining your pelvic floor fitness, throughout your pregnancy and birth is essential”
No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. Maintaining pelvic floor fitness throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatally is essential.
Abdominal muscle separation is common in later pregnancy. This is normal but special care needs to be taken to ensure that we protect them and give them the best chance of recovery afterwards.
Back & Joint Pain
Back/SIJ pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. Hormones increase the stretchiness of your ligaments and can contribute to joint pain; stretched muscles don’t support the pelvis as well as they used to. Treatment is often as simple as some trigger point massage, modified stretches and education in the use of your stability (core) muscles.
…Beneficial for Mum and Bub
Pregnancy is a blessing and is a thrilling, special time in your life that should be cherished. However, it can also be a physical and emotional rollercoaster, which is why it is so important for mums-to-be to take some time out to relax, be pampered and ease the aches, pains and tension that come with pregnancy. Studies have also shown that, when you receive a relaxing prenatal massage, the body naturally secretes endorphins. These “feel good” hormones traverse the placenta and ultimately soothe and relax your baby.
At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. With the aid of this purpose designed pregnancy massage cushion, your body will be supported in the position that is most comfortable for you. Our massage therapist, Dianne O’Donnell, will then use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work, as well as your back, neck, legs, ankles and feet.
POST NATAL FOLLOW-UP
Post natal follow-up is really important to check that you are re-activating the ‘core and floor’ correctly, especially in the early post natal days when you are busy lifting and carrying whilst your body recovers.
After baby arrives it is essential to regain control of your pelvic floor and core muscles.