Pregnancy & Delivery
In these antenatal classes, our highly trained Women’s Health Physiotherapist will give you the knowledge to understand how the pregnancy changes your body, teach you how to stay healthy with exercises for you to have the best pregnancy possible and useful advices/techniques (e.g. breathing techniques, perineal massage) to be prepared for your delivery!
These 3 prenatal classes can be followed independently and at any stage of the pregnancy. However, they are complementary and the antental class n°3 (How to Recover after Giving Birth?) can also be suitable in the post-partum period for postnatal care.
Antenatal Class n°1:
How to Have a Good Pregnancy?
Understand how pregnancy change your body
One of the aims of this workshop to empower you through a better understanding of what your body is getting through with anatomy and physiology notions.
Pregnancy is a changing time. It is a complete revolution for your body. Sometimes it’s comfy, some other you will wish you could give birth right away… It can be a great source of stress, especially if it’s your first baby and your discovering it all and if it’s your second or more, you also have stress/challenge to take care of the olders!
Therefore, within the birth preparation sessions our women’s health physio will explain you all these changes with advices on how to manage them to give you the possibility to have the pregnancy you dreamed of and to relax!
For more information about these changes:
Our women’s health physio on top of explaining everything will also be able to answer your question and your concern, perfect to reduce your stress and putting you in control of your pregnancy!
Learn exercises to keep mobile and avoid pain during pregnancy
Some example of exercises you will learn in this antenatal class:
Learn what your pelvic floor is & to exercise it
Thanks to specific exercises and techniques such as pelvic floor massage and Epino, this antenatal class will help you to prepare your pelvic floor for the delivery but also to recover quicker/better after it!
Our women’s health physio will also teach you breathing and pushing technique during delivery to reduce risks of episiotomy and tear.
Learn all the tips to keep active
- Take care of your older baby
- Move around safely (how to stand up? lye down? Move in bed? Sleep? Ect.)
- Practice sport safely
To learn more about the last point you can have a look at:
Antenatal Class n°2:
How to Be Ready for Giving Birth?
Understand labour & what can happen
- Stages of labour
- Type of delivery (C-section, natural birth, waterbirth…)
- Techniques which may be used during delivery (Episiotomy, epidural, forceps) and why
It will help you decide what kind of delivery you are looking for and be prepare on the day!
You can learn more about C-section here:
Learn how to help your baby to engage and to go out!
Learn to manage pain during labour
Pain cannot be completely avoid but can be greatly reduced by using breathing techniques and exercises.
In this antenatal class, our women’s health physiotherapist will teach you these pain management techniques and when/how to use them during the labour/ delivery period.
If the lucky daddy is present, we’ll also see how he can help!
Here is a playlist of exercises daddy can use:
Learn how to protect your pelvic floor
In this antenatal class, our women’s health physiotherapist will teach you:
- Pelvic floor massage to reduce risk of episiotomy
- Different breathing techniques to push efficiently and safely
Antenatal Class n°3:
How to Recover after Giving Birth?
Understand how pregnancy/delivery impacted your body
In this antenatal class, our women’s health physiotherapist will review the impact on your body of:
- The pregnancy
- The delivery
- A C-section
- A tear or an episiotomy
You can already learn more about C-section with this article:
Learn how to close your pelvic bones
Throughout pregnancy, your body changed to create more space for your baby and become more mobile to facilitate the delivery. Once you gave birth, you will slowly recover and your pelvis, hips and ribs will have to close.
In this antenatal class, our women’s health physiotherapist will teach your specific exercises to facilitate pelvis closing. You can already learn more about it here:
Learn exercises to prevent: Diastasis & Incontinence
Diastasis (gap in your abdominal muscles and Incontinence (urine leakage) are the most common issues experienced after giving birth. However, they can be prevented by adequate training during pregnancy and after you gave birth.
In this antenatal class, our women’s health physiotherapist will teach you exercises to do during pregnancy to prepare your pelvic floor muscles and abdominal exercises to perform afterwards to recover quickly from the diastasis.
You can learn more about diastasis here:
Learn to take care of your baby
Pregnancy is a 9 months process but recovering from it take as long or sometimes more. However, during the recovering period, you also have to take care of your baby!
In this antenatal class, our women’s health physiotherapist will teach you how to take care of your baby while having the quickest recovery possible!