Prenatal Education and Hernia and Incontinence Prevention

by lakecountrypt, January 31, 2018

If you are a pregnant woman or a woman who wants to be pregnant in the future, there are several actions you can take in order to make the most of your pregnancy. Taking the right steps to facilitate your pregnancy will be beneficial to the health of both you and your child.

At Lake Country Physical Therapy & Sportscare, you will be educated and instructed on the following so that you can handle any new changes in your body pregnancy might bring.

 

Exercise:

There are proper ways to exercise during pregnancy. Exercising too frequently or too intensely can be taxing on the body, but complete sedentariness is not ideal either. The recommended amount of walking for a pregnant woman is approximately 3-4 times for 15 minutes at a time, at a heart rate of 140 beats per minute. This will provide you and your developing babies’ bodies with the health benefits of exercise without the risks of intense exercise.

 

Pelvic Floor Instruction:

Our pelvic floor exercise program instructs pregnant woman contraction techniques and prevents urinary incontinence.

 

Body Mechanics:

We will teach you to read your body, and how changes in certain factors can indicate your body’s current state. Factors such as posture or muscle tightness can indicate what kind of treatment you should seek for pains during pregnancy. Body mechanics are used to adjust the positioning of your body and the baby so that pain is minimized.

 

Abdominal Exercises:

A series of abdominal movements will help you restore core strength so that abs return to their original muscle tone and hernias are prevented.

 

Perineal Massage:

Learning the proper technique for perineal massage will help reduce the occurrence of perineal tears and an episiotomy as well as pain during postpartum sexual intercourse.

 

Prenatal assessments can offer you personalized care by identifying your specific needs. Pain and discomfort can be reduced and smoothness during the pregnancy can be enhanced. While physical therapy can aid people in recovery after an incident in the body has occurred, it can also be used as a preventive measure to decrease the likelihood of injury beforehand. Speak with your healthcare provider about how you can take advantage of physical therapy during your pregnancy.

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