You and your baby

At The Forge Clinic, we can help you before, during and after your pregnancy.

Our physiotherapist and women’s health specialist, Amandine Valentin, can work with you to keep you in peak health during your pregnancy and she can also help you recover after the birth.

However, there is a lot you can do to take good care of yourself.

During Pregnancy:

One way to avoid post-labour complications is to stay away from any kind of exercise that puts pressure on the pelvic floor during pregnancy and at least 4-6 months after the birth. So you should avoid bouncing, running and aerobics.

This does not mean you should avoid exercise altogether! In fact, the best way to maintain a healthy way of life and prevent future complications is to remain active throughout your pregnancy. Simple be mindful of your activities and change them if you need to. You should focus on low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling and walking, which will keep you healthy and active, but won’t put pressure on the pelvic floor.

After Pregnancy:

When your baby is born, it is easy to put yourself second, but it is more important than ever to take care of yourself. Therefore, in your baby’s first few days, please focus on your posture during your daily activities :

  • When carrying your baby (or heavy objects), hold them close to your body, bend your knees and tighten your tummy to protect your spine from additional pressures.
  • When out and about, put your baby’s things into a rucksack, rather than a shoulder bag. This spreads the weight evenly and helps your back muscles. If the rucksack is too heavy – ask for help!
  • When breastfeeding, make sure you position yourself comfortably with a back support to encourage the natural curve of your spine. Make sure both of your feet are touching the ground. Put a pillow under your arm to support your elbow and place the baby higher up in your arms to lessen the tension on the upper shoulder. This tension can lead to back pain and even headaches.
  • Bear in mind when breastfeeding that it is better to bring the baby up to the breast – not the other way around! Again, this prevents the build up of tensions in the neck or back.
  • After breastfeeding, stretch your neck. If one position is causing tension, try others until you find one that works for you.

Amandine is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Click here to book online.