When I was 13 week pregnant I started to get a lot of pain in my hips when I would go for a walk. After 2 weeks when I could not walk any longer than 10 minutes, I decided to look for a physio and found that Physiofit was located near me and are specialised in women’s health including pregnancy.
When I was 16 weeks pregnant I had my consultation and I was told I had pelvic girdle pain (PGP), which was the cause of the pain in my hips when I would go for a walk. On top of that I also have carpal tunnel syndrome. Further appointments were necessary.
A week later I had a group session with the physio in the hospital I normally attend. Here we got the advice to clench your buttocks when you would go for a walk to prevent any further pain when you have PGP.
With this information I was clenching my buttocks every time I would go for a walk, but for me it wasn’t really working.
At my first appointment with Deborah she told me straight away that my pelvis was unbalanced and that she would be able to help me with hands on physio sessions and some exercises. At this same appointment she could see that my buttocks were very tense and I was unable to relax them. Deborah's first advice was to "STOP CLENCHING IMMEDIATELY!”.
The second thing she taught me in this session was “my neutral” position. She showed me that my body posture was off and explained in great detail what was wrong with it and what effect it had on the rest of my body. My homework after that session was to practice my neutral 3-4 times a day. The second Physiotherapy session I had was with Isabella. She was treating me for my Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. I had this before I got pregnant but with all the hormones rushing through my body the symptoms only gotten worse and became really painful. She treated me a few times with hands on physio & ultrasound treatments. This really helped me and my symptoms improved.
When I went back to see Deborah for my PGP she informed me that she also gives Pregnancy Pilates classes. She told me these sessions are really good to build up strength but would also help me with my PGP & Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
That’s when I started the Deborah's Pregnancy Pilates level 1. The classes were not only super fun, but they were educational as well! Every class Deborah would give us some practical information about pregnancy itself, the transition of our body, useful tips and of course some Pilates moves. After a few weeks practicing my neutral position I started to notice that my unconscious body was changing its posture to a more natural position. For me this was a great milestone as I could see my work started to pay off.
Together with the physio sessions and the Pilates, my PGP and Carpel tunnel syndrome symptoms improved greatly and because of the Pilates I started to get more strength in my body as well.
Without the early diagnosis and treatment I would have seen myself being on bedrest or walking with crutches very early in my pregnancy. Thanks to the number of physio appointments and nearly 3 courses of the Pilates (level 1 and almost 2 time’s level 2) I have to say that I had a great pregnancy. I was able to go for 30 minutes walks even up till the end.
Vivianne T - Dublin