The pelvic floor muscles, which are responsible for supporting the uterus, bladder and bowel, become stretched and weakened. This can lead to incontinence and difficulties during childbirth. Physiotherapy exercises can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and reduce the risk of these complications.
2) Preparing for delivery
Physiotherapists can teach expectant mothers various breathing techniques and positions to prepare for delivery. These techniques can help to reduce pain during labor, promote relaxation, and encourage the optimal positioning of the baby.
3) Pain relief
Labour pain is an inevitable part of childbirth. Physiotherapy can help manage this pain naturally and effectively. Techniques like massage, hot and cold water therapy, and TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) can help relieve pain and discomfort during labour.
4) Reducing the risk of intervention
Vacuum delivery or forceps may be necessary interventions in some cases, but these treatments can increase the risk of complications for both the child and the mother. Physiotherapists can help reduce the need for these interventions by promoting the optimal positioning of the baby and encouraging a smooth delivery with simple physical exercises specially designed for mothers-to-be.
5) Postnatal recovery
Physiotherapy is useful during pregnancy and delivery and can promote a faster recovery post-birth. Further, physiotherapy can help restore core stability and improve the strength of the pelvic floor muscles. It reduces the risk of incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. Physiotherapy can also help improve the overall physical ad mental well-being of the mother, and this is especially crucial during the postpartum period. Expectant mothers should consider incorporating physiotherapy into their prenatal care plan to help ensure a healthy and successful
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