Pregnancy and Postpartum

Pregnancy and Postpartum Physiotherapy Services

At Movement Laboratory, we understand that pregnancy and early motherhood are times of incredible change and challenge for your body. It’s a period when practising self-care becomes more important than ever.

That’s where our team of women’s health physiotherapists steps in, offering support and experienced care from the start of your pregnancy journey right through to the joys of early motherhood.

Pregnancy, while an amazing experience, often brings significant changes to your body. Many women encounter musculoskeletal pain—like pubic bone pain, lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and rib dysfunctions—as your posture adjusts to the increased load and shifting weight. Pelvic floor issues, including incontinence, painful intercourse, or a heavy vaginal sensation, are also common concerns that we hear about.

Whether you’re keen to stay active but unsure how, managing gestational diabetes, or dealing with a high-risk placenta position, we’re here to help with all these challenges.

As pregnancy physiotherapists, our goal is to assist women during pregnancy to achieve better birth outcomes. As postpartum physiotherapists, we focus on helping you recover, improve your pelvic health, and maintain a healthy, functional lifestyle.

Remember, you don’t need to have a specific problem to come see us. We’re big believers in staying ahead of the game, offering guidance and support to help you navigate this special time in your life with confidence and ease.

Tailored Pregnancy Physiotherapy

During pregnancy, your body deserves the best care and attention. At Movement Laboratory, we offer a range of pregnancy physio services specifically designed to support and nurture you through this special time. Here’s a look at what we offer:

Clinical Pilates

Tailored to your pregnancy needs, our Clinical Pilates sessions focus on strengthening your core, improving your posture, and enhancing your overall body strength. These gentle exercises are perfect for keeping you fit and prepared for the changes your body is going through.

Pelvic Floor Assessment

A strong pelvic floor is key during pregnancy and childbirth. We conduct thorough pelvic floor assessments to understand your specific needs and guide you through exercises that strengthen this crucial area.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy

This is all about providing specialised care for pregnancy-related conditions. From managing back pain to addressing pelvic discomfort, our women’s health physiotherapy is tailored to address the unique challenges you might face during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy can be taxing on your body. Our pregnancy massages are designed to relieve tension, reduce stress, and promote overall relaxation. It’s not just a treat; it’s a vital part of maintaining your well-being during pregnancy.

Birth Preparation

We’re here to help you prepare for the big day. Our birth preparation services include exercises and techniques to get your body ready for childbirth, focusing on building strength and resilience where it matters most.

Each of these services is a part of our comprehensive pregnancy physio program, designed to support you in every stage of your pregnancy. We’re committed to helping you maintain your health and well-being, ensuring you have a positive and empowering pregnancy experience.

During Pregnancy we can help with…

Physical Pain

Pubic bone pain
Lower back, sciatica
Neck pain
Rib dysfunctions
Posture changes

Pelvic Floor Issues

Incontinence
Painful intercourse
Heavy vaginal sensation

Other Challenges

Gestational diabetes
High-risk placenta position
Concerns about exercise

For your second trimester through to 6 months postpartum, we provide EMBRACE, a physiotherapy-guided treatment program to take care of all aspects of your pelvic health and empower you through this period with confidence.

Embrace Program

Specifically designed for mothers by women’s health physiotherapist

From your second trimester right through to six months postpartum, we’re proud to offer EMBRACE, our specially crafted physiotherapy-guided program.

EMBRACE is all about taking comprehensive care of your pelvic health and empowering you with confidence throughout this significant period of your life.

Created by a women’s health physiotherapist and specifically designed for mothers, EMBRACE is a tribute to our commitment to personalised care. While every bit of our pregnancy and postpartum support is customised to meet the unique needs of each mum-to-be or new mum, EMBRACE showcases the level of guidance and care we’re passionate about providing. It’s not just about treatments; it’s about empowering you with knowledge and confidence as you journey through motherhood.

For a detailed outline, please download below.

During the postpartum period we can help with:

Physical Pain

Abdominal separation
Mastitis
Back pain

Pelvic Floor Issues

2nd and 3rd degree tears
Incontinence
Prolapse

Other Challenges

Uncertainty about return to exercise
Baby carrying

The Importance of Physiotherapy During Pregnancy and Postpartum

Pregnancy and the postpartum period are times of significant change for your body, including both physical and hormonal transformations. Physiotherapy plays an important role in managing these changes, ensuring a smoother journey through pregnancy and a stronger recovery postpartum.

Adapting to Changes During Pregnancy: As your body prepares for childbirth, it undergoes numerous physical adjustments. Pregnancy physiotherapy helps in adapting to these changes, managing common discomforts like back pain, sciatica, and pelvic pain, and strengthening your body for the demands of childbirth.

Strengthening for Childbirth: Preparing your body for childbirth is essential. Our women’s health physiotherapy focuses on strengthening key muscle groups, enhancing pelvic floor health, and ensuring you’re physically ready for the demands of labour and delivery.

Recovery and Strength Postpartum: After welcoming your baby, the focus shifts to your recovery. Women’s postpartum physiotherapy is tailored to help you regain core strength, address any pelvic floor concerns, and adapt to the hormonal changes that affect your physical health.

Holistic Approach to Well-being: Our approach goes beyond just physical recovery. We understand the emotional and hormonal aspects of postpartum life and offer supportive treatments to help you adjust comfortably to your new role as a mother.

Personalised Care: Every woman’s journey through pregnancy and postpartum is unique. We provide personalised care, from targeted exercises during pregnancy to specific postpartum recovery plans, ensuring you receive the support that’s right for you.

The journey through pregnancy and into motherhood is one of the most significant periods in a woman’s life. With our dedicated physiotherapy services, our goal is to make this journey as comfortable and empowering as possible, helping you maintain strength, health, and confidence every step of the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Pregnancy and postpartum physiotherapy are specialised forms of physiotherapy tailored to address the unique physical and hormonal changes women experience during pregnancy and after childbirth.
This includes managing discomforts like back pain, strengthening the pelvic floor, and aiding in overall recovery post-delivery. Physio for postpartum specifically focuses on helping new mothers regain their strength and wellness, ensuring a smoother transition into motherhood.

A pregnancy physiotherapist specialises in caring for women during and after pregnancy. They provide guidance and treatment for managing the physical changes and challenges associated with pregnancy.

This includes helping with pain management (like back pain or pelvic pain), providing exercises to strengthen the body in preparation for childbirth, offering pelvic floor therapy, and advising on safe exercise routines. They also play an important role in postpartum recovery, helping new mothers regain strength and address any physical issues arising from childbirth.

During your first visit, the physiotherapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment of your health, discuss any concerns or symptoms you’re experiencing, and outline your medical history. This session is also an opportunity for you to set goals and for the therapist to develop a tailored treatment plan.

A typical treatment session usually lasts between 30 to 60 minutes. The duration can vary depending on the type of treatment you’re receiving and your specific needs.

Generally, you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a pregnancy/postpartum physiotherapist. However, if you’re planning to claim the service on health insurance, some policies may require a referral. It’s always best to check with your insurance provider.

For your first session, wear comfortable clothing that allows for easy movement. It’s also helpful to bring any relevant medical records or information about your pregnancy and health history. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms, concerns, and goals for therapy.

It’s beneficial to start pregnancy physiotherapy as soon as you feel comfortable. Many women begin in their second trimester, but it’s never too late to start. Early engagement can help in better managing the physical changes and preparing your body for childbirth.

Yes, physiotherapy can be extremely beneficial in C-section recovery. It focuses on healing the abdominal area, restoring core strength, and providing gentle exercises to help overall recovery and reduce the risk of complications.

It’s generally recommended to see a physiotherapist within the first 6 weeks after birth, especially if you’re considering physio for postpartum recovery. The exact timing can vary depending on your individual circumstances and the type of delivery you had.

For those who had a C-section or complicated birth, it might be beneficial to see a physiotherapist earlier. Always consult with your healthcare provider for personalised advice.

Yes! Our physiotherapy treatments are safe and are conducted by experienced professionals specialising in women’s health. We make sure that all exercises and treatments are suitable for your stage of pregnancy or postpartum recovery.

The frequency of sessions varies depending on individual needs and conditions. Generally, a regular schedule is recommended, which can be adjusted as needed. We’ll work with you to determine the best plan for your specific situation.

While physiotherapy primarily focuses on physical health, the benefits can positively impact emotional well-being. Feeling physically stronger and managing discomfort can improve mood and reduce stress, contributing to overall emotional health.

Still have questions?

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