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Prepare Your Body For Pregnancy With Physical Therapy in Denver

November 16, 2016

Pregnant women or those who have just given birth often turn to physical therapy in Denver to help them adjust to their body’s changes. But, women who are thinking of having children should also consider physical therapy prior to getting pregnant. Why? Physical therapy can help prepare your mind and body in many ways, including:

Learning how to breathe

Pregnant women are often taught to focus on their breathing during childbirth to help relieve pain, discomfort, and anxiety they may be experiencing. But, why wait until you’re already pregnant to start working on your breathing techniques? Physical therapy can help you get a head start on learning how to coordinate your breath with your body’s movements. The techniques you learn during physical therapy will help you deal with the discomfort you feel throughout pregnancy, and the pain and stress associated with childbirth. Learn more about patterned breathing during labor.  

Building up your core

Diastasis recti is the separation of your abdominal muscles during pregnancy which may occur as your belly begins to grow bigger and bigger. The more these muscles separate, the more pain you will feel, so it’s important to keep these intact as much as possible. To do so, begin seeing a physical therapist prior to getting pregnant so you can learn new core exercises. Some ab exercises will actually increase the risk of your muscles separating, which is why it’s so important to speak with a professional and have a custom plan made for you.

Incorporating strength training into your routine

Are you an avid runner? Or perhaps you enjoy taking spin classes on a regular basis? Think about adding strength training into your workout routine. Physical therapy is a great place to start before you get pregnant. This doesn’t mean you’re going to be lifting weights like a bodybuilder. Physical therapy will often focus on using your own bodyweight as resistance through yoga-like exercises and movements. Your physical therapist can help you learn new ways to incorporate these movements into your exercise routine so you can build up strength and prepare your body for the major changes associated with pregnancy.

Focus on your pelvic floor

Pregnant women who do not have strong pelvic muscles will often suffer from back pain and incontinence. Many women wait until they are pregnant to begin strengthening their crucial muscles, but it’s much more effective if you begin prior to pregnancy to allow your body time to adjust. Talk to a physical therapist to learn what exercises you can do to strengthen your pelvic floor. A physical therapist can teach you various moves and then stick by your side as you perform them to ensure you are doing everything correctly. Although you may not notice a physical change, you will definitely have a more pleasant pregnancy if you are consistent with these exercises.
At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we’re devoted to helping our patients prepare for pregnancy. Are you interested in learning more about our services?  Contact us today by calling 303-333-3493!