What should I expect in a Lamaze course?
The typical Lamaze class consists of at least 12 hours of instruction. Women are advised to begin a class near the start of their seventh month of pregnancy. Here’s what the class covers:
- Prenatal services:
- Prenatal & postnatal postural exercises
- Breathing techniques,
- Meditation, pelvic floor strengthening
- Core strengthening
- Nutrition counseling,
- Swiss/birthing ball exercises stretching.
- Lactation services:
- Breastfeeding classes
- Breastfeeding consultations
- Baby bonding
- Latching issues
- Issues at any stage of the lactation journey
- Benefits Of Antenatal Program:
- Prepares your body for the demands of pregnancy
- Eases away pregnancy symptoms & helps you adapt to your changing body
- Regular exercise during pregnancy can improve your posture & decrease some common discomforts such as backaches & fatigue
- Exercise helps in constant glucose levels
- Helps to relieve stress & build more stamina for labour & Delivery.
- Antenatal Fitness Program Includes
- Breathing Techniques
- Posture & Back Care-Lower back/Pubis Pain/ Groin Pain
- Relaxation Techniques – Leg Cramps/Ankle Swelling
- Position During Labour
The postpartum period begins after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother’s body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks.
A mother needs to take good care of herself to rebuild her strength. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.
In the first few weeks, a mother needs to be relieved of all responsibilities other than feeding the baby and taking care of herself.
All mothers need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Exercise and everyday physical activity should also be included with a healthy dietary plan.
Postpartum Fitness Program Includes :
- Ankle toe exercises : Increase circulation and reduce the risk of blood clots.
- Pelvic Tilt
- Keigel’s exercise: helps maintain bladder control, also improves the muscle tone of cervix.
- Pelvic Bridging
Physiotherapists can work with women to help them prepare their bodies for pregnancy including ensuring the body is aligned and ready to carry a baby. If your body is already compensating for previous injuries, pregnancy can add further strain and pain.
Physiotherapy in pregnancy can also teach women how to correctly perform Kegel exercises which will help strengthen the pelvic floor in preparation for childbirth.
Common Structural Problems Occurring in Pregnancy
- Lower Back Pain
- Wrist and Hand Pain
- Hip and Groin Pain
- Ankle Pain
Why Pregnant Women Should Visit a Physiotherapist
- Physiotherapy Assists with Posture Changes during Pregnancy
- Pregnancy puts a huge strain on a woman’s body. The physiological changes that come with pregnancy include an increase in body mass, retention of fluid and laxity in supporting structures.
- Core stability training with a physiotherapist is one way to help prevent and treat back pain during and following pregnancy.
- You Learn How to Push Correctly During Labour
- Using their knowledge of the pelvic floor, physiotherapists can help teach women how to push effectively during childbirth. Pushing correctly will reduce the chances of pelvic floor trauma and subsequent problems.
- Physiotherapy Assists with Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
- Throughout pregnancy and labour, a women’s pelvic health can be compromised. Physiotherapists have specific training to assess the muscles, connective tissues and nerves in the pelvic floor.
- Some conditions that can arise from trauma to a woman’s pelvic floor include incontinence, pain during intercourse, and pelvic organ relapse.
After a woman has had a baby, an assessment and a plan for rehabilitation will assist in the recovery of her pelvic floor.
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