LABOUR PREPARATION TO FACILITATE AN EASIER BIRTH, REDUCE YOUR RISK OF COMPLICATIONS, AND IMPROVE POSTNATAL RECOVERY.
ease the pain and ease childbirth
During the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, tightening and strengthening your pelvic floor muscles is often recommended to support softening ligaments surrounding the pelvis and to help prevent urinary / bowel incontinence and symptoms of pelvic organ prolapse. Not only will this help ease the pain and ease childbirth but there is also less likelihood of problems arising after the baby is born. In the third trimester, this is where your body begins to prepare for delivering your baby.
During these sessions we will aim to provide you with the following:
Prescribe exercises that is safe for pregnancy guided by a pelvic health physiotherapist
Education including information about the pelvic floor muscles, labour, calculating your risk factors for vaginal vs c-section deliveries, optimal birth positions, hands on perineal massage to prevent 3rd and 4th degree tears, the use of TENS, posture, post natal recovery and practical tips to optimise healing from vaginal or c-section birth.
Obtain measurements in the vulva to indicate where your pelvic floor is positioned
Hands-on teaching and practical tips on how to “push” effectively during labour. We will go through this process as if you were pushing.
We recommend that you book your initial physio consult, usually from 20 weeks onwards if you aren’t experiencing any issues prior. This comprehensive service is an important step to helping yourself and your child to have an easier time during the labour process. Additionally, it will help you to have a less painful and difficult birth and reduces your risk of pelvic floor muscle injuries.