The internet and your trainer do not always know what’s best for you. This post is by no means meant to scare you. I want you to exercise, I just want you to be safe while you are doing so. And unfortunately, there’s plenty of misinformation out there on the internet on what’s safe and what’s not. So instead of going over every exercise possible to woman, let’s just go over some basic guidelines.
If you haven’t been to a chiropractor during your pregnancy or postpartum period, you’re one of the few who have not taken advantage of the opportunity. Chiropractic care is considered relatively safe and effective for treating musculoskeletal conditions during that delicate time period. They can adjust what they call subluxations, or partial dislocation, which result from the changing posture and pressure on the vertebral column. A technique known as the Webster Techniques is often used to treat this population but it is not the only manual therapy tool in their toolbox.
During pregnancy, there are number of medical appointments. From your regular prenatal check ups to blood work and glucose testing; there’s a lot of people asking questions, putting cold gel on your belly, sticking you with needles, etc. After a while, it gets overwhelming, especially towards the end of the pregnancy when prenatal visits increase from monthly to weekly.
There are a few articles circulating on the web describing why every woman should receive physical therapy after the birth of a baby. In some countries, it’s standard practice (lucky)! We should also add that every woman should receive physical therapy before the baby is born as well. If you are pregnant, or have been down that road once or twice before, you know quite well the downsides that come with the territory. You know which ones I mean. You remember the annoying pains, hemorrhoids, lack of energy, and who can forget the leakage with a sneeze. You probably didn’t you know that physical therapy can manage some of the less than pleasant feelings.