Pregnancy

Pregnancy

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Either it is your first pregnancy or not, you probably have a lot of questions.
Massive body changes are occurring leading to pain, discomfort and it is not always easy to have proper medical answer.

Our Women health physiotherapist is more than happy to answer your questions, provide specific advices and exercises to palliate non physiological changes to diminish your symptoms and help you to have the best pregnancy and delivery possible.

Preparing your body is essential to :

  • Relax your pelvis muscles (our women health physiotherapist will teach you contract and relax as well as massage your pelvis)
  • Control and correct our breathing to push your baby out (our women health physiotherapist will teach you how to breath and use your transverse muscle correctly)

Obviously our women health physiotherapist will be able to prevent and help with dysfunctions link to your pregnancy by :Women's health: pregnancy, birth preparation, pregnant woman with daddy

  • Protecting a correct stability and mobility of your pelvis and spine thanks to passive mobilisation (internal link) stretching (internal link), exercises…
  • Keep a normal tonicity of your pelvis muscles with gentle exercises and manual techniques
  • Enhancing breathing with Abdo MG techniques to relax your diaphragm
  • Learning how to control your transverse muscle to prevent weakness and diastasis after delivery
  • Avoid circulatory issues thanks to vascular gymnastic, drainage, circulatory massage, advices)
  • Decrease joints and muscles pain with gentle manipulation and adapt stretching and postural exercises
  • Diminish pelvis heaviness by using K-taping, exercises and advice
  • Advice to avoid constipation

 

Birth preparation is also very useful carry doing sport during your pregnancy and to go back to it afterward. Our women health physiotherapist will be able to provide advice and exercises to help you both if you are already a good athlete and if you want to start. (internal link)

Thanks to birth preparation sessions, your body will be able to recover quicker after you gave birth.

At My French Physio, our woman's health (obstetric) physiotherapist offer home visit session because we think it is more convenient for mummies and allow you to rest at the end of the session. But consultation are also provided in our practice located in North london between Kentish town and Camden town.

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Pregnancy is a huge change for your body, as big as the one occurring during teenage but occurring in just 9 months.

Women's health: pregnancy, incontinence, pregnant woman hands on her belly top view

Hormonal level reaches the sky, making muscles and ligament hyper flexible and weak. It is why you are prone to sprain, pain… But it also modifies the position of your organs and especially for the bladder, uterus and rectum.

For example, your bladder, already lower by the growing uterus resting on it, lower even more as its ligaments become loose due to hormonal changes.

This position change is not without consequences. The angle between your urethra and bladder diminish, reducing the resistance to passing water and leading to incontinence.

Furthermore, pelvic muscles carrying all these organs also help to close the urethra but as the rest of your muscles they become loose and weak as pregnancy progress.Women's health: pregnancy, incontinence, woman with urgency

Finally, each increase of pressure inside of your abdomen (cough, sneeze, laugh, lifting, crunches, sit up…) will push on the bladder expulsing urine out of the bladder in the urethra. As pelvis muscles are weaker (50%), they won’t be able to manage this push, causing incontinence.

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As with any type of pain, the difficulty is to understand what cause the pain . As the location of your pain is not always an indicator of the localisation of your problem, it is common to examine back and pelvis pain in pregnancy with a similar approach.Women's health: pregnancy, pelvic girdle pain, pregnant woman hands on her belly side view

Pregnancy is associated with important hormonal and biomechanical changes (Have a look at our blog and youtube channel to know more about it).

These changes occur both to give space to your growing baby and also to prepare your body for the delivery.

All these changes overload your muscles and joints leading to muscles fatigues, joints inflammation and finally pain.

 

The most common ones are:

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As with any type of pain, the difficulty is to understand what cause the pain. As the location of your pain is not always an indicator of the localisation of your problem, it is common to examine back and pelvis pain in pregnancy with a similar approach.

Women's health: pregnancy, pregnancy pain, pregnant woman in blue holding her bellyPregnancy is associated with important hormonal and biomechanical changes (Have a look at our blog and youtube channel to know more about it).

These changes occur both to give space to your growing baby and also to prepare your body for the delivery.

All these changes overload your muscles and joints leading to muscles fatigues, joints inflammation and finally pain.

 

The most common ones are:

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As with any type of pain, the difficulty is to understand what cause the pain (internal link to pain). As the location of your pain is not always an indicator of the localisation of your problem, it is common to examine back and pelvis pain in pregnancy with a similar approach.Women's health: pregnancy, pubis symphisis pain, pregnant woman view from her side

Pregnancy is associated with important hormonal and biomechanical changes (Have a look at our blog and youtube channel to know more about it).

These changes occur both to give space to your growing baby and also to prepare your body for the delivery.

All these changes overload your muscles and joints leading to muscles fatigues, joints inflammation and finally pain.

The most common one are:

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Women's health: pregnancy, swollen legs, pregnant woman with daddy holding blue shoesThanks (not really) to your hormones, diameter of you veins increase. Furthermore, a new venous system develops for your baby and the weight of your growing baby press on the biggest vein of your body the vena cava.

The combination of these 3 elements prevents the blood to come back normally from your lower limbs to your legs, creating sensation of heavy legs, welling and varices.

On a long term, it also causes cellulite.

NB: this reduce blood return can also cause dizziness in pregnant women when lying on your back.

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