The benefits of hydrotherapy classes during pregnancy
Antenatal hydrotherapy classes help to prepare expectant mums for their birth experience and recovery.
Benefits of hydrotherapy classes
Exercising in water helps reduce the pressure and stress on your body and joints as well as increases blood flow bringing many benefits during pregnancy.
Prevent leg cramps, ‘cankles’ and varicose veins
Standing in water up to your waist is like wearing an amazing pair of compression pants. This is because the weight of the water helps to pump fluid from your legs back to the heart.
In addition to reducing ankle swelling and leg cramps, it can help to decrease pain caused by varicose veins.
Strengthen your pelvic floor
Exercising in water is low impact and great for your pelvic floor.
During our hydrotherapy classes we cover pelvic floor education and exercises, which is a great way to learn about contracting and building your pelvic floor muscles.
Soothe and strengthen your pelvis
Hydrotherapy pools are warmer than the average pool, facilitating muscle relaxation.
Feeling weightless while pregnant can take the pressure off your pelvis to help ease your pain. It is the first type of exercise I recommend to pregnant woman experiencing pelvic discomfort.
Prepare your body for delivery
Pelvic floor, strengthening and stretching exercises can build your flexibility and strength and help make your body more resilient and prepared for childbirth.
By strengthening your pelvic floor you can also prevent incontinence, ensure your pelvic floor muscle isn’t weakened and support your organs and pelvis.
Hydrotherapy classes at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals
We offer antenatal hydrotherapy classes for women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy.
Classes are held in our heated hydrotherapy pool on Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 10.00am. Each class is $25 and health rebates can apply.
Classes are conducted by physiotherapists with postgraduate qualifications in womens health and continence. Exercises include gentle cardio stretching, general strengthening, pelvic floor and deep abdominal exercises.
The physiotherapist can tailor exercises to suit your fitness level and needs.
For more information about our classes contact the physiotherapy team on (08) 9462 4000.
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