From Bump and Beyond

There are many benefits of doing exercise when pregnant and postnatally. From preparing your body to the increased demand of a growing bump to preventing you from peeing yourself when you cough, sneeze or laugh with friends!


Potential benefit of exercise when pregnant includes::

  • Helping manage and relieve pelvic girdle pain
  • Helping manage and relieve back and neck pain
  • Managing and preventing incontinence
  • Reducing leg cramps, swelling and constipation
  • Helping improve sleep patterns
  • Improve posture and balance



Potential benefits of exercise postnatally include:

  • Treating rectus diastasis (the spilt of the abdominal muscles)
  • Managing prolapse signs and symptoms
  • Managing bladder and bowel incontinence
  • Helping improve mood
  • Helping manage neck and back pain due to the increased loads of feeding and holding your baby
  • Improve posture and balance


There are many different forms of exercise, and it is important that the exercise that you do is safe for your babe, body and pelvic floor. Because if it is not it can have significant adverse effects and do more harm than good.

More information and guidelines can be found at the sites below:

By seeing a physiotherapist with a Special interest in Women’s Health, they can assess where you and your body is at, and give you specific advise and specific exercises to help you achieve your goals and improve your wellbeing. Deborah and Jo here at 4 Life would love to see you and help you during your maternal journey.