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Susan Williams has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a valued member of our staff at Foothills Sports Medicine. She has experience working with active people of all ages, and she also works specifically with women and pregnant mothers. Here, Susie explains how to remain active and reduce pain during a pregnancy.
In the absence of any medical complications, pregnant women are recommended to exercise moderately for 30 minutes per day. This recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the exact same recommendation made for women who are not pregnant, and women who have had children. However, only about 11-17% of pregnant women adhere to this recommendation, and even those who were exercising prior to becoming pregnant often considerably decrease the duration and intensity of their exercise.
There are many barriers pregnant women might be facing that prevent them from exercising. Some common issues include nausea, fatigue, incontinence, breast tenderness, back pain, and constipation. However, there are also numerous benefits to exercising while pregnant. Exercise improves maternal glucose levels, well-being, self-image, self-esteem, and has even been shown to decrease labor time. It also allows mothers to maintain the ability to work and perform daily activities, and maintain a healthy weight for themselves and their babies.
Exercising can also have a positive impact on pregnancy-related complications. It has been shown to reduce the risk of the following:
- Gestational diabetes
- Preterm Birth
- Musculoskeletal pain, including low back pain
Despite these benefits, it can often be difficult for women to exercise comfortably while pregnant. In order to help women deal with their unique needs and pregnancy’s demands on the body, some physical therapists are trained and specialized in women’s health. We have a deeper knowledge of women’s issues throughout their lives, and can help you with your specific challenges.
Up to 80% of women have low back pain or pelvic pain at some point during pregnancy, and symptoms persist in up to 65% of women for as long as 12 months after delivery. Your PT can help you become more comfortable by addressing pelvic asymmetry, correcting posture, and educating you on correct body positioning and proper movements during certain tasks, such as lifting, carrying, and caring for children. We will also teach you how to manage these issues on your own, so your body can continue to receive benefits from physical therapy far into the future.
If you have more questions related to physical therapy during your pregnancy, or for any other condition you might be experiencing, feel free to contact your local Foothills Sports Medicine Phoenix Physical Therapy clinic today!