Women can learn about common problems experienced during pregnancy and childbirth and how to prevent them at a free presentation tonight at the Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital.
Women’s Wellness Physical Therapist Jacqui Smith is facilitating the session which begins at 7pm.
‘There are many problems women can encounter, both physical and mental due to pregnancy and childbirth,’ she said. ‘Fortunately though there are lots of ways to prevent and treat these conditions. I am going to be discussing these issues from a physical therapist point of view.’
Topics to be covered at the presentation are perineal dysfunction/pain, genitourinary dysfunction/pain (such as urinary incontinence, constipation, faecal incontinence), musculoskeletal pain, circulatory problems (such as varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, haemorrhoids), breast problems and psychological problems.
Good posture during and after pregnancy, recovering from a caesarean section, lifting techniques and comfort positions for feeding bathing and diapering will also be discussed.
According to Ms Smith, depression is one of the most common complications during and after pregnancy. Postpartum depression can occur anytime within the first year after childbirth.
Ms Smith will also address loss of bladder control, another common effect of childbirth,
To register for tonight’s education session, contact the CTMH at 949 6066.