The benefits of hydrotherapy classes during pregnancy

Exercise during pregnancy is important for you and your baby, and one of the most suitable types of exercise is hydrotherapy. St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals physiotherapist Muirna Hamill explains the many benefits of participating in antenatal hydrotherapy classes.

Benefits of hydrotherapy classes during pregnancy 

Antenatal hydrotherapy classes help to prepare expectant mums for their birth experience and recovery.

Benefits of hydrotherapy classes

Exercising in water helps reduce the pressure and stress on your body and joints as well as increases blood flow bringing many benefits during pregnancy.

Prevent leg cramps, ‘cankles’ and varicose veins

Standing in water up to your waist is like wearing an amazing pair of compression pants. This is because the weight of the water helps to pump fluid from your legs back to the heart.

In addition to reducing ankle swelling and leg cramps, it can help to decrease pain caused by varicose veins.

Strengthen your pelvic floor

Exercising in water is low impact and great for your pelvic floor.

During our hydrotherapy classes we cover pelvic floor education and exercises, which is a great way to learn about contracting and building your pelvic floor muscles.

Soothe and strengthen your pelvis

Hydrotherapy pools are warmer than the average pool, facilitating muscle relaxation.

Feeling weightless while pregnant can take the pressure off your pelvis to help ease your pain. It is the first type of exercise I recommend to pregnant woman experiencing pelvic discomfort.

Prepare your body for delivery

Pelvic floor, strengthening and stretching exercises can build your flexibility and strength and help make your body more resilient and prepared for childbirth.

By strengthening your pelvic floor you can also prevent incontinence, ensure your pelvic floor muscle isn’t weakened and support your organs and pelvis.

Hydrotherapy classes at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals

We offer antenatal hydrotherapy classes for women in their second and third trimester of pregnancy.

Classes are held in our heated hydrotherapy pool on Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.00pm and Friday from 9.00am to 10.00am. Each class is $25 and health rebates can apply.

Classes are conducted by physiotherapists with postgraduate qualifications in womens health and continence. Exercises include gentle cardio stretching, general strengthening, pelvic floor and deep abdominal exercises.

The physiotherapist can tailor exercises to suit your fitness level and needs.

For more information about our classes contact the physiotherapy team on (08) 9462 4000.

Muirna Hamill Senior Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist

About the Author

Muirna Hamill is a senior pelvic floor physiotherapist and specialises in continence and women’s health. She works with the continence team at St John of God Midland Public and Private Hospitals. She is also the Chair of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Women’s Health and Continence Committee.