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Water exercise in pregnancy

Water exercise in pregnancy

During pregnancy, we are encouraged to participate in exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Finding the right and comfortable way to exercise is important but often difficult to do. Water exercise (hydrotherapy or aquatherapy), either in a class or on your own can be a comfortable and safe way to remain active during your pregnancy. 

Why exercise in water?

  • Uses low impact environment, promoting comfort and wellbeing.
  • Provides support by reducing the effect of gravity on your body.
  • Enables you to continue to be active with pregnancy related back or pelvic pain.
  • Can assist with circulation and swelling management. 
  • Disperses heat while exercising.

What’s important to know with water exercise?

  • As with all exercise in pregnancy it is important to be able to talk comfortably while exercising, so as not to overheat.
  • Maintain good hydration before, during and after being in the water.
  • Pool water temperature for exercise is recommended at 32° C or less.
  • Look after your skin after spending time in the water.

How can a Mater Health and Wellness physiotherapist help me?

Our obstetric physiotherapists will work with you to:

  • plan your safe exercise program
  • help you to maintain activity throughout your pregnancy
  • assist with any pregnancy related pain.

We will review your needs and interests, to tailor your plan to achieve your goals, from early pregnancy through to late pregnancy and beyond.

Here at Mater Health and Wellness, physiotherapists with a special interest and experience in women’s health are able to support your exercise goals at this exciting and important time in your life. Please telephone 07 3163 6000 to make an appointment with a Mater Health and Wellness physiotherapist to help achieve your goals; alternatively further information is available in our Physiotherapy During Pregnancy brochure.

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