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Highgate Adelaide,
SA 5063

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Pregnancy and Post Natal Physio

We understand pregnancy is a demanding but wonderful time, and can take its toll physically, mentally and emotionally. Taking care of yourself throughout this season is vital to ensure the well-being of yourself, your family and your adorable new baby.


It is such magical time, and your body will go through many physical and hormonal changes. Your pelvic floor muscles will compress and abdominal muscles will lengthen to create room for the new baby.


With the increased demands on the body with the changes, as well as the feeding, changing, rocking the new bub, it can be a time where pain becomes a little more prevalent than it usually is.


Thankfully, there is so much that can be done to help support your body, prevent discomfort throughout pregnancy and motherhood.
Research has proven that exercising during pregnancy can reduce the risk of complications by up to 25%.


How can Physiotherapy help during the Pre-Natal, Pregnancy and Post Natal stages?

At our clinic, you can rest easy knowing you are in a safe and open space, with empathetic physiotherapists who treat women with the same concerns, every day.

Prenatal and during pregnancy:

    • This includes advice and exercise therapy to prevent and manage pelvic girdle pain and other musculoskeletal issues typically seen during this period.
    • Back and neck pain are common with the increase in weight through your abdominal region.
    • A combination of hands on work like massage and trigger point therapy, and gentle, safe exercise generally yields great relief.

Post Natal – we can get you back to everything you’ve been longing for over the last 40 weeks!

  • With particular focus on the areas of your body that are in need of some much needed help under the extra loads associated with feeding, holding and carrying your new baby.
  • Our Women’s health Physiotherapist Stefanie can ensure it’s safe to return to exercise in the capacity you want to, and with guidance from your obstetrician, we’ll be sure to make sure all the boxes are ticked for you to safely resume your most loved activities.


Common issues we see:
  • Upper back pain

  • Lower back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Pubic bone pain

  • Pelvic pain

  • Abdominal pain

  • Rib pain

  • Headaches
  • Incontinence
  • Abdominal Separation (DRAM)
  • Sciatica
Our Women’s Health Physiotherapist Stefanie discusses the best exercises for our pregnant team member Nicole:

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➕ Pregnancy Series: Safe Exercise in First Trimester ➕ . 🤰🏻As you know, our admin superstar Nicole is pregnant! Our women’s health expert Stef loves treating Mamma’s, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to post a little more about what you should be considering from an exercise perspective to ensure you reap the well known benefits that exercise has been shown through research to provide! . 👉🏼 These include fewer newborn complications and maternal health benefits such as: • Reduced risk of gestational diabetes • Reduced instrument assisted pregnancy • Reduced rates of urinary incontinence post birth . 👍🏼 Exercising in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy can present some challenges such as being overly fatigued and nauseous. It’s important to listen to your body at this time, whilst also trying to make the time to give your body the care it needs through exercise . 😝Give these a go! . 👁Stay tuned over the coming months for more information about: • What you should and shouldn’t be doing • What other exercises will be beneficial to you . 😛 Tag someone with a bun in the oven.

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Importantly, exercising whilst pregnant is proven to be safe – with no link between exercise and the risk of having a low-birth weight baby, preterm delivery or miscarriage. It also yield a 25% reduction in perinatal depression and a 40% reduction in the risk of gestational diabetes.


If you want to know more about exercise and pregnancy, or have aches and pains associated with pregnancy that you’d like to get on top of, book a time online or call the clinic on 8490 0777, have a chat to Stef and start your journey today.

Alternatively, fill out the enquiry form below and we’ll get Stef to give you a call.

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➕Postnatal Rehab with Kayla Itsines➕ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤱🏻Just recently we’ve been working with the phenomenal @kayla_itsines to get her back to 100% after the birth of her gorgeous little girl, Arna. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🤲🏻Like any presentation, there’s no recipe approach to rehab. After a thorough assessment and close monitoring, we provided Kayla with a structured exercise regime to help regain strength and control following her daughters birth. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💫Check out a sample of the exercises we’ve been doing with Kayla, both early stage and current. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🔥 Physiotherapists tend to be scared of implementing crunches, but with interesting research indicating the effectiveness of small and controlled crunch style exercises in the closing of abdominal muscle separation (Bo et al. 2015), these were also included once deemed appropriate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 💞Any questions, as always feel free to DM us!

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