SPECIALTY group REHAB
During pregnancy, the pelvic floor stretches to make room for your growing baby. The pelvic floor is made up of several muscles that support the bladder, bowel and the uterus. Over time, the muscles become weak from being weighed down. Instead of bouncing back to provide support, the weakened muscles may not return to their optimal location. You may notice it becomes harder to control your bladder, especially as your pregnancy progresses into the second and third trimesters. This problem can also persist postnatally.
Some individuals may also develop pelvic pain in pregnancy such as pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis dysfunction. Pain can be felt at the pubic bone, low back, the area between your vagina and anus (the perineum), and thighs.
Some of the Health Benefits of Moving Regularly During Pregnancy:
Always consult with your healthcare provider before starting any exercise program. Whether or not you are able to exercise during your pregnancy depends on individual factors.
Bellefleur Fitness has a prenatal program that is designed and administered by a team of birth professionals.
Prenatal Prep is a unique series of prenatal exercises, breathing techniques, and childbirth education developed by our team of physiotherapists, certified birth instructors, and birth doulas to empower you to give birth with confidence both physically and mentally.
We believe that strong pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy help to decrease the damage these muscles experience under the strain of carrying a growing child. A healthy pelvic floor also makes labor and delivery less risky, as you'll be better equipped for labor, which means less stress for your baby. Developing a strong pelvic floor also reduces your risk of postnatal complications such as diastasis recti, urinary incontinence, and other postpartum pelvic floor issues.
Following the exercise portion of each class, we have assembled a team of birth professionals to discuss pre/postnatal nutrition and baby feeding basics, roll of partner/support persons, the labour & delivery process, and postnatal recovery.
Exercise sessions last approximately 45 minutes and education discussions are approximately 45 minutes.
Optional: bring your birthing support person for class #3.
($60 per class)
Exercise portion of the classes may be covered by private health benefits under certain conditions. Please contact us for more information.