What is prenatal physical therapy?

Qu’est-ce que la kinésithérapie prénatale ?

Pregnancy is an upheaval for women's bodies. It is a unique moment that can be stressful, distressing and create tension. Back pain, joint pain, which can be related to posture but also to the stress of childbirth. Prenatal physiotherapy helps pregnant women prepare for childbirth and become aware of their bodies.

What is prenatal physical therapy?

The goal of prenatal physical therapy is to give a pregnant woman the keys to prepare for childbirth. The exercises practiced during a prenatal physical therapy session are designed to move the body during pregnancy, to relax, to breathe well during contractions and to push. During these sessions, the pelvis, the belly and the perineum are stimulated to facilitate the delivery. It also allows you to maintain a physical activity during the pregnancy.

What are the benefits of prenatal physical therapy?

The benefits of prenatal physical therapy for the woman who is about to give birth are numerous!

Seeing a physical therapist during pregnancy can help relieve pregnancy-related pain such as sciatica, lower back pain, heavy legs, headaches, and insomnia. Prenatal physical therapy combines several techniques such as relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, and lymphatic drainage.

Prenatal physical therapy helps the pregnant woman relax, and all the benefits it provides are also felt by the fetus she is carrying! A plus for the baby!

The primary benefit of prenatal physical therapy is the fact that the pregnant woman is accompanied by a health professional during a period of great change. The interest is to relax the pregnant woman during her pregnancy, but also to better prepare her body for childbirth, especially her pelvis and perineum. This has the benefit of facilitating the delivery for the woman, as well as for the health care team, but also to anticipate and limit the deleterious effects of pregnancy that can occur in the post-partum period. The rehabilitation of the perineum is then easier. Moreover, as the pregnant woman feels physically prepared for her delivery, she is often also more mentally ready since she knows that the risks of complications during and after the delivery are reduced. Prenatal physical therapy can also help identify pathologies, such as incontinence (bladder weakness), but also treat pain in the pubic area and/or sacrum.

A couple's prenatal physical therapy session allows both parents to be involved in the pregnancy and the birth. This often creates complicity, dialogue, empathy and involvement within the couple. The person who is not carrying the baby can better understand the pregnancy and be more present for the pregnant person.

When to start prenatal physical therapy?

If you do not suffer from any disorder during your pregnancy, you can start prenatal physical therapy around the third trimester of pregnancy, i.e. at the 7th month of amenorrhea. If you feel pain or heaviness in your perineum or abdomen, consult us as soon as possible, around the 5th month. Furthermore, if you have any kind of pathology, i.e. if you suffer from incontinence or pain during sexual intercourse, you can start prenatal physiotherapy as early as the first months of your pregnancy to fight against these disorders as soon as they appear.

Where to practice prenatal physical therapy?

If you want to start prenatal physical therapy, you can turn to hospitals, nursing homes or medical centers, as well as private physical therapists' offices. These sessions, which last on average between 30 minutes and one hour, can be individual or group, depending on what you are looking for. Several exercises will be indicated for you to do at home in order to relieve you if necessary.

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