Safe Exercise During Pregnancy

Studio 512 met with Caitlin McCurdy-Robinson, PT, DPT a Women’s Health physical therapist with Sullivan Physical Therapy to review exercise recommendations during pregnancy. Caitlin talked to us about getting clearance from a health care provider prior to starting an exercise program, but stated it is generally safe to start an exercise program or continue your exercise program throughout pregnancy.

Activities to avoid during pregnancy include those which could create a fall risk or risk injury to the abdomen such as contact sports, horseback riding, or gymnastics.  Posture and breathing are important factors to consider when exercising. During pregnancy, it is common to round the shoulders and arch the low back because of the change in center of gravity from the growing baby. When standing in good posture, you should be able to draw a straight line from your ear to your hip to your ankle. It is important to maintain a neutral alignment during exercise and with daily activities to avoid pain during pregnancy and to strengthen your postural muscles for recovery after birth.

It is important to know what the warning signs are to stop exercising. Exercise should be stopped if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Amniotic Fluid Leak
  • Calf pain/swelling
  • Chest pain
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath prior to exertion
  • Headache
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Preterm Labor
  • Vaginal Bleeding

It is important to keep an active lifestyle during pregnancy to help with energy levels, cardiovascular fitness, mood, and sleep. Staying active during pregnancy also assists with recovery during the post-partum months. A women’s health physical therapist can help you safely maintain an active lifestyle during pregnancy and can give you modifications to reduce pain you may be experiencing with exercise. It is important to find a physical therapist who has specialty training in pregnancy either in the form of additional coursework or with a CAPP-OB certification.

Sullivan Physical Therapy
Sullivan Physical Therapy specializes in women’s and men’s health. Women’s and Men’s Health physical therapy is defined as diagnoses and treatments which address impairments of the low back, pelvis and pelvic floor. The goal of Sullivan Physical Therapy is to provide comprehensive care that encompasses strategies and interventions to promote and advance the health in women and men of all ages. Sullivan Physical Therapy has nine physical therapists who have received their doctorate in physical therapy and advance training to treat the pelvic floor. Sullivan Physical Therapy is sensitive care for sensitive diagnoses. We provide high quality and personalized health care to each patient and their family. Their approach is gentle and respectful.

Sullivan Physical Therapy is located in Northwest Austin
12411 Hymeadow Drive Building 3 Suite 3B, Austin, Texas 78750
Phone: (512) 335-9300
Twitter: @SPTClinic




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