Tips on exercise during and after pregnancy.
Pre/post pregnancy video exercise tips.
Pregnancy is not always the most comfortable of times. A rapidly changing body size and shape and a new cocktail of hormones surging through the bloodstream can result in many shifts- some of those being in bones and joints, resulting in pain and limited function. Bodies are smart and spend 9 months preparing to allow for delivery, so ligaments increase in their ability to stretch, creating laxity and potentially causing too much motion. While every case requires individual evaluation by a physical therapist, here are some basic rules for staying more comfortable and keeping your body safe in pregnancy. is some content wrapped in a standard p-tag used as dummy text to be repeated overa nd over again. This is some content wrapped in a standard p-tag used as dummy text to be repeated overa nd over again.
No crossing your legs (or ankles): The more we bend ourselves into pretzel-like shapes, the more opportunity we give our joints to stretch to their maximum and potentially shift out of place. This is common in the Sacroiliac joint and the pubic symphysis. To keep happy pelvic bones, sit on sturdy surfaces with knees in front of hips and feet firmly planted on the ground. While this feels boring, it can prevent many problems and even make currently achey joints feel better.
Christina McGee PT, DPT is a physical therapist at Sullivan Physical Therapy, a pelvic floor specialty clinic in Austin, Texas. She received a bachelor of science in Athletic Training from University of Iowa and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Delaware. Christina treats men and women with bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction, as well as abdominal and pelvic pain. ...
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