Pregnancy and Exercise for Optimal Outcomes
No two pregnancies are the same; many are uncomplicated however some encounter complications. This means a thorough understanding of the changes that occur to a woman’s body and mind during pregnancy, and the consequences these changes have on a prescribed exercise programme is essential. This understanding will help to manage not only the straightforward client, but the more complex one as well. Appropriate exercise prescription is rewarding for both the client and trainer.
The programmes reviews the benefits, the limitations and contraindications of exercise for the pregnant woman. It discusses the effects of pregnancy on the musculoskeletal system, mental health of the mother, and the well-being of the baby.
A thorough description of the components of core stability, its important role as pregnancy progresses and the associated exercise modifications required through the trimesters is described. Diastasis recti is defined, assessment procedures and contributing factors are listed, along with exercise modifications to help limit the separation. Assessment and advice for the pregnant woman regarding good posture and ergonomics is described. A summary of exercise modifications, not just for the straight forward pregnancies, but for those with low back pain, pelvic girdle pain, including sacroiliac and pubic symphysis dysfunction, incontinence is explained and the indications for appropriate referral to a medical professional is reviewed.
Presented by Lorraine Starsmeare B.App. Sc (Physio) M.Phys. (Women’s health & Incontinence) Pending
Lorraine has over 30 years of international experience in the U.S.A, UK and Australia. She initially worked as a physiotherapist in sports and rehabilitation settings, then specialised in occupational physiotherapy and ergonomics, and the treatment of work-related musculoskeletal conditions.
She has been extensively involved with; the development, implementation and delivery of injury prevention and ergonomic programmes in the workplace; the presentation of educational programs including ante & post natal classes; lectures on behalf of the Dept of Sport, Recreation and Racing; and OH&S training for industry and childcare. She gained registration with Fitness Australia in 1994 and conducted aerobics, aqua fitness, and individual fitness and rehabilitation programmes.
She has completed all levels of the Australian Physiotherapy Association accredited, Clinical Pilates course and continues to build on her knowledge through experience and attending courses held by leading clinicians from around the world. She has incorporated Clinical Pilates into her ‘hands-on’ treatment of musculoskeletal problems; and for the last 20 years established and expanded her own business specialising in the care of individuals, including the pre and post-natal woman, using exercise physiotherapy to address movement dysfunction on a one on one, and in a class environment. She completed my postgraduate master’s degree in Continence and Women’s Health in 2018 and received her APA Women’s Health Physiotherapist title in 2019.
Since 2014, in conjunction with Well College Global (formerly Cadence Health) she has written, developed and provided online pre & post-natal courses for health and exercise professionals.