Before and After Baby Exercise and Advice – Book Review

Before and After Baby Exercise and Advice
(First English Edition) To be available soon from the Canadian Physiotherapy Association
Author: Chantale Dumoulin, PhD, PT


Book Review By: Cindy Auchincloss, PT, MSc
Book Review
Chantale Dumoulin’s book “Before and After Baby Exercise and
Advice “ is an excellent resource for all women in the childbearing
stage of their lives who have an interest in learning exercises that
can be done at home during pregnancy and following delivery.
“Before and After Baby Exercise and Advice “ was first published
in French and has been recently translated into English. The
book targets common musculoskeletal complaints associated with
pregnancy and offers suggestions that minimize discomfort and
maximize a healthy, active pregnancy and thorough recovery.
The booklet would be very beneficial for clinicians such as family
physicians, midwives and physiotherapists who are treating
women throughout pregnancy and into the post-partum period.
The resource would be great to give out or to recommend for
women to purchase. Physiotherapists treating women during and
after pregnancy who are not trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation
may find this resource very useful for their own knowledge and
for their patients. Dr. Dumoulin provides a brief overview of many
body systems that change during pregnancy; she describes common
complaints that women make as a result of pregnancy and
delivery, and she offers practical advice and exercises aimed at
decreasing or alleviating symptoms.
The booklet is divided into two parts: The first part of the
booklet “Keeping fit waiting for baby” focuses on the pregnancy
period up until delivery and the second part “In shape after baby”
focuses on returning to physical activity post-delivery. In part one,
Dr. Dumoulin covers pregnancy related adaptations in the respiratory
system, circulatory system, changes in the lumbopelvic region
including the pelvic floor muscles, changes in abdominal musculature
including diastasis recti, changes in posture, and changes
in the breasts. Within each section she describes a number of
exercises that can be done to help the body adapt to the changes,
as well as offering useful tips to reduce symptoms. Within the pelvic
floor section there is a very good description of stretching the
pelvic floor muscles and perineum prior to delivery. There is also
a very useful section on constipation that includes tips to avoid
constipation and a variety of evacuation techniques that can be
used to facilitate motility. She includes a section on physical activity
and pregnancy that covers general guidelines for getting and/or
staying active throughout pregnancy. At the end of the first section
there is a very useful table that outlines which exercises should be
done in which trimester and is further broken down so the reader
can quickly identify which exercises best target her symptoms.
The second part of the book that describes the post-partum
period covers a wide range of topics as well. Dr. Dumoulin has
included sections on breathing exercises, circulatory exercises,
perineal care after delivery, information on post-delivery constipation,
a description of how to do scar massage, and basic
information on getting the body ready for activity. She provides
progressive exercises regimes for the pelvic floor muscles, for the
abdominal muscles (with and without diastasis), and for the back
and pelvis. There is a comprehensive section on postural considerations
and practical suggestions to optimize posture when
performing different activities (e.g. lifting, pushing stroller, changing
diapers, etc.). Dr. Dumoulin discusses recovery after both
vaginal and caesarean section births. Just like in the first part the
booklet, there are tables at the end of the section that summarize
which exercises should be done at which point in time; beginning
at day 1 and ending at week 12 post-delivery. Although the table
itself ends at week 12, the exercises are very suitable for anyone
first starting to exercise after delivery. There are separate tables
summarizing exercises that are appropriate after vaginal deliveries
as well as those appropriate after delivering via caesarean section.
Dr. Dumoulin’s book is comprehensive, interesting, and
enjoyable to read. The exercises are described well and there are
numerous pictures to support the text, allowing women to feel
confident in performing the exercises at home independently. In
reading the book from front to back, I could see women getting
overwhelmed with trying to remember the details of which exercise
to do and how many repetitions/sets/times per day to do the
exercises; however, the tables help to focus the reader to which
exercises are pertinent at different points in time. I would strongly
recommend this resource for pregnant and post-partum women.
After delivering a baby, women are often overwhelmed with new
responsibilities, fatigued due to reduced sleep, and have limited
time to seek help for musculoskeletal complaints; this book offers
very good advice on activities and treatments that can be done
at home without expensive equipment and that can be done in a
timely manner. An excellent book to keep on hand! Bravo!

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