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Expecting mums go through incredible changes during their pregnancy. At Perth Sports Injury Clinic, we offer several services that can help you go through this stage of life comfortably, and as free from discomfort and limited mobility as possible. Additionally, we can make efforts to assist you in returning to your desired activities postpartum.

Exercising During Pregnancy

Pregnant mom outdoors stretchingExercise can be helpful to pregnant mums during pregnancy and after delivery. Thirty minutes or more of moderate exercise on most days of the week should be the target. Safe and appropriate exercise involves little risk and several confirmed benefits, such as:

  • Maintaining physical conditioning and cardiovascular fitness
  • Reducing risk of gestational diabetes, obesity and other complications
  • Decreasing risk of pre-eclampsia and pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Preventing and relieving musculoskeletal conditions such as pelvic and back pain
  • Avoiding and reducing ailments such as constipation and fatigue
  • Enhancing self-esteem, body image and mental wellbeing
  • Promoting faster recovery from the birthing process

Warning Signs

There are some instances, however, when exercise during pregnancy is not appropriate, such as if you are experiencing hypertension or pre-eclampsia, premature rupture of the membranes, persistent bleeding in the second or third trimester, placenta previa, uncontrolled diabetes or third-trimester breech position.

Some signs and symptoms are an indication that you should stop exercise immediately and seek help from your doctor or midwife:

  • Fluid loss or vaginal bleeding
  • Shortness of breath, feeling faint, dizziness or headaches
  • Weakness in the muscles
  • Calf swelling or pain
  • Decreased movement of the foetus
  • Pain in the low back, pelvic/pubic area or the abdomen

Want to Learn More?

We’re happy to co-manage your pregnancy with your other healthcare providers. Contact us today to find out more or to discuss our exercise classes!

Pregnancy | (08) 9383 7882