Exercises for Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Practical Guide for Educators

Author: Brayshaw, Eileen


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  • ISBN: 9780750656009
  • Author: Brayshaw, Eileen
  • Publ Date: 2003-06-10
  • Edition: 2
  • Pages: 162
  • Imprint: MOSBY *#
  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 68771

Table of Contents :

Chapter 1: Pelvic Anatomy Chapter 2: Physiological changes and minor (common) physical problems in pregnancy Chapter 3: Musculoskeletal problems during pregnancy and postnatally:low back pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction, diastasis recti, subluxation of sacroiliac joints, pregnancy-associated osteoporosis Chapter 4: Antenatal exercises and advice Chapter 5: Stress and relaxation Chapter 6: Coping strategies for labour Chapter 7: Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) Chapter 8: Physiological changes and physical problems in the puerperium Chapter 9: Postnatal exercises and advice Chapter 10: Teaching exercises Chapter 11: Programme planning Chapter 12: Alternative approaches to fitness Appendix: Resources/Suppliers/Associations


The physical skills of pregnancy - relaxation, exercises and coping strategies for labour - benefit all pregnant women and their partners. These skills are taught at antenatal classes by women's health physiotherapists or, in their absence, by midwives and sometimes health visitors. As obstetricsa nd gynaecology is no longer a core subject in physiotherapy undergraduate education, there are insufficient specialist physiotherapists to provide tuition at all antenatal classes - especially in rural areas. Because of this, many midwives and some health visitors are having to teach these skills without themselves having been properly equipped to do so. This book provides the necessary information in a practical and easy-to-follow format.


""This book serves as a comprehensive overview for a wide range of topics relevant to health professionals working in the area of antenatal and postnatal education. This is a useful text for health professionals at the early stage of their career in women's health or those professionals returning to antenatal and postnatal education."" "Elizabeth Culleton-Quinn," Physiotherapy Ireland


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