Bump2Baby is our Physiotherapist instructed Prenatal Program which comprises all aspects of health and fitness to support you through your pregnancy and prepare you for the challenges the delivery and motherhood.
Our program may include some or all of the following:
- Antenatal assessment: This will be your first meeting with your Physiotherapist. The session involves: screening for potential spinal and pelvic joint injuries/weaknesses; assessment of all injuries,aches and pains; education on pelvic floor exercises; assessment and guidance for issues such as abdominal separation; best evidence-based education for safe exercise during pregnancy; advice about correct postural habits.
- Physiotherapy manual therapy: if you have an injury, back pain or other joint pain that needs attention. This may include joint mobilisation or muscle release techniques (massage) to restore your full movement and reduce pain. Common pains we see are back ache, pubic bone pain (pubic symphysis joint dysfunction), pelvic joint (sacroiliac joint) dysfunction, hip pain and foot issues.
- Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation: Symptoms of pelvic floor weakness commonly arise during pregnancy and into the postnatal period. We will equip you with the skills and guidelines you need to avoid issues such as incontinence and muscle weakness.
Provision of abdominal supports, tubigrip, pelvic and lumbar braces or supports. Very occasionally these are required to assist managing an injury. It is important these are fitted by your women’s health physiotherapist to ensure correct fit and use, and also to assist you deciding if these are the best options for you.
- Exercise: We can provide you with a guided introduction into an exercise program whether it be 1:1 closely supervised exercise, group exercise or prescription of an independent exercise program – whatever works best for you! We can also write you safe and effective gym and home exercise programs with progressions through each stage.
Physiotherapy Exercise & Pilates: Our exercise classes may include pilates based exercises on reformer and trapeze in addition to other specific exercises for your condition. Exercise is a proven treatment for managing the changes that will occur to your body throughout your pregnancy with valuable education and advice provided along the way. We will focus on pelvic floor and abdominal muscle issues, prevention/management of pelvic and back injuries, preparation for breastfeeding and postural stresses and guidance to prepare you for the postnatal period. Click on the link for further information on our Exercise Classes.