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  Some of these inevitable changes are the stretching of muscles, softening of ligaments and loosening of joints to make space for the developing fetus. This can result in movement dysfunction in the pelvis and low back. Strengthening the deep abdominal, pelvic floor, gluteus and low back muscles will prevent the development of uncontrolled movement in the lumbopelvic area.

Not only should the pregnant woman improve her physical condition to alleviate strain on the pelvic area, but also to prevent future problems. Often months after birth certain bodily functions can be impaired such as pelvic organ support and urine control.

These symptoms can be slow to develop, but can be prevented by adequate physical conditioning during preconception, pregnancy and after the baby is born.

Exercise during pregnancy may decrease pregnancy-associated discomfort and improve maternal fitness and well-being.
     
   
   
Strengthening the back and abdominal muscles helps to keep the pelvic joints stable and alleviates strain on these areas.
Increased core stability will help to control postural shifts during pregnancy.
Exercise can help assure that the circulatory system continues to function well as blood volume increases significantly.
Improved circulation could reduce the severity of varicose veins.
Exercise may reduce muscle cramps.
Exercise may reduce pregnancy related swelling and oedema.
Exercise can improve sleeping patterns.
Regular exercise helps with weight maintenance.
Social interaction with other mothers-to-be.
Post-partum recovery is easier and quicker for women who have exercised prenatally.
     
The peri-natal exercise program at the Movement Science Institute has been designed to:
   
Specifically increase muscle strength and stability of the pelvis and low back.
Enhance control of the pelvic floor and deep abdominal muscles.
Teach postural awareness.
Prepare one for labour and birth, with relaxation techniques and muscle awareness.
Accommodate all participants depending the trimester they are in. Exercise prescription is varied according to the three trimesters of pregnancy.
Be a low intensity and low impact exercise routine, to prevent the heart rates and body temperatures of mothers to increase above the levels recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecology (ACOG).
Ensure safe exercise prescription in accordance with the regulations set by the ACOG.
Accommodate individuals with specific exercise requirements according to their medical requirements.
Guarantee lots of fun and enjoyment on this new journey.
 
The program will consist of:
   
An initial assessment.
Private or group exercise sessions.