What is Antenatal Care? (Part 2)

October 5, 2015 | By | Reply

– Dr. Pooja Manjrekar

Being pregnant doesn’t mean stopping exercises. On the contrary, the correct exercise program can do wonders for you during pregnancy. It helps to prepare you for childbirth by strengthening your muscles and building endurance. Moreover, it helps getting your body back in shape once the baby is born since pregnancy is a time of tremendous musculoskeletal, physical and emotional changes in a female.

Changes During Pregnancy

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  • Weight gain of approx. 11kgs
  • Uterus becomes an abdominal organ rather than pelvic organ.
  • Abdominal muscles are stretched.
  • All joints become lax.
  • Postural changes like rounding of shoulders &upper back ,increased curvature of lower back ,walking with wider base of support.
  • Blood pressure decreases in early trimester ,reaches its lowest level midway through pregnancy and rises gradually from mid pregnancy upto 6 weeks of delivery.

Guidelines for Exercises

  • Check with your gynecologist before starting exercise.
  • Exercises should not exceed pre pregnancy capacity.
  • Drink lots of fluids before ,during and after exercises.
  • Wear lose comfortable, breathable clothing and supportive shoes.
  • Exercise in well ventilated area.
  • Start with proper warm up and cool down.
  • Stop exercising if you get pain.
  • Don’t overdo.
  • Exercises should have enough rest intervals.

Don’t Exercise if there is…

  • Acute infection or fever.
  • Intrauterine growth of foetus not appropriate as per gynecologist.
  • Miscarriage or premature labor.
  • Vaginal bleeding of any amount.
  • Abnormal placement of placenta.
  • Uncontrolled diabetes & high blood pressure.

Common Problems in Pregnancy
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Recommended Exercises During Pregnancy

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Yoga &Stretches
  • Pilates
  • Pelvic floor exercises
  • Breathing exercises
  • Postural exercises

Exercises To Avoid

  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Horse Riding
  • Cycling

We at PhysioRehab conduct specialised Antenatal Exercise Programs for women keeping in mind their strength and fitness levels. We also address their muscle aches and pains and give them correct ergonomic advice.

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