Pregnancy is a delicate time. The body can become more sensitive to things, and there are so many things that are ill-advised because they might impact the child’s development. In particular, anything that involves exercise and physical stress can have an impact.
Is hydrotherapy one of these things? Today, we’ll be looking into hydrotherapy exercises, and what impact they might have on pregnancy.
Hydrotherapy exercises can be perfect for pregnancy! The body’s response to water, mainly being submerged safely in it, can improve circulation. It can also ease various aches and pains through buoyancy.
The use of hydrotherapy will vary based on the symptoms displayed. Soaking in warm water can help relax the pelvic muscles, which are put under a lot of stress during pregnancy.
Buoyancy can help alleviate the pressure on the body due to the additional weight and structural changes. The floating eases pressure on the spine and lower limbs. There’s no longer any need to focus on posture or staying upright. The body decompresses, minimising the pain of contractions.
Any hydrotherapy exercises used during pregnancy must be carefully selected. Consulting with a medical professional and a therapist will help determine what would not place undue stress on the body.
Making a delivery in a hydrotherapy pool can also be helpful for many women. The water soothes the body and reduces things like perineal tears.
Now, here are some reminders that you should keep in mind.
Temperature is a significant concern. If the water is too hot, that could be harmful to the body. The water should be “soothingly warm,” rather than “blisteringly hot.” A quick guideline is that if you’d be okay with it as bath water, then it’s okay for you to dip into it for hydrotherapy.
Be sure to take the time to check the water if you are comfortable with it before you take a dip. If you find a temperature that works for you, keep note of it and make sure the therapist and staff know what it is.
Women with a particularly sensitive pregnancy should inform their doctors about this. It may mean that hydrotherapy – among other things – is not advisable.
Keep in mind that hydrotherapy is fine for most women, but underwater delivery isn’t. It is best to consult a doctor to see if it might be a problem. Your condition or pregnancy may mean that an underwater delivery is unhealthy for you.