Water aerobics reduces the risk of a vaginal tear during delivery by nearly 13 TIMES

Water aerobics reduces the risk of a pregnant woman getting a vaginal tear during delivery by nearly 13 TIMES

  • Perineum – area between the anus and the vulva – can rupture due to the force of work
  • Doctors can also cut the area to make the vagina wider and to facilitate delivery
  • Water aerobics helps to strengthen our core, increasing the power needed to push & # 39; is reduced

Water aerobics reduces the risk of a pregnant woman suffering from a vaginal tear during delivery, a study suggests.

Expectant mothers who participated in & # 39; water training & # 39; from week 20 up to and including 37 were nearly 13 times more likely to have an & # 39; intact perineum & # 39; after birth.

The perineum is the area between the anus and the vulva. This can rupture due to the power of the baby coming out.

Researchers believe that water aerobics strengthens a woman's core muscles. This can be the force with which she must push & # 39; during delivery & # 39; Reduce.

Water aerobics reduces the risk of a pregnant woman having a vaginal tear in the birth (stock)

Water aerobics reduces the risk of a pregnant woman having a vaginal tear in the birth (stock)

The research was conducted by San Cecilio University Hospital in Granada and led by Dr. Raquel RodrĂ­guez Blanque, supervisor of an obstetrician and nurse.

It has been shown that exercise during pregnancy reduces a woman's risk of gestational diabetes, increases her sleep quality and fends off postpartum depression, the scientists wrote in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing.

However, research into the effects of staying active on a woman's perineum remains & # 39; insufficient & # 39 ;.

Pregnant women experience changes in their pelvic floor due to the increased weight of their womb. A wave of & # 39; new & # 39; hormones also ensures that their pelvic muscles relax.

Injuries and & # 39; perineal trauma & # 39; s & # 39; can also occur during delivery. To prevent these complications, expectant mothers are usually advised to do exercises that strengthen their core.

However, concerns about the safety of being active during pregnancy put many women off. This is despite the fact that there is no activity that increases the risk of a C-section or forcep or vacuum release.


Pregnant women should sleep on their side in their last trimester, research suggests.

A mother's sleeping position has a significant effect on her baby's heartbeat, according to a study by the University of Auckland.

The heart of a fetus becomes less active when the mother is upwards, as opposed to her side, the study shows.

If you sleep on your back late in pregnancy, it has been shown that this gives too much weight to the blood vessels that feed the uterus, resulting in reduced oxygen supply to the baby.

Lead author, Professor Peter Stone, said: & # 39; We suggest that there is now sufficient evidence to advise that mothers in late pregnancy do not sleep on their backs. & # 39;

Water training has been shown to be safe during pregnancy, largely due to the & # 39; elimination of gravity & # 39; and & # 39; damped resistance to movement & # 39 ;.

To discover how this affects a woman's risk of perineal rupture, the researchers compared 65 expectant mothers who participated in an & # 39; aquatic exercise & # 39; program three times a week to 64 who did not.

The one-hour routine consisted of 45 minutes of aerobic activity and strength endurance exercises designed specifically for pregnant women.

This was followed by a 15-minute relaxation round.

After all participants gave birth, the researchers evaluated their perineums for tears and evidence of an episiotomy.

The results showed that women who trained in water during pregnancy were 12.5 times more likely to have an intact perineum than those who did not.

The extent to which the participants arrived during expectation did not influence the risk of cracks.

And the women who had given birth earlier and had done the water exercises were 9.1 times more likely to have an intact perineum.

The water-based activities also influenced women's need for pain relief.

The results further showed that 85.9 percent of those who did not complete the aquatic program use painkillers during labor compared to only 72.3 percent of those who did the water routine.

However, there was no difference between the number of episiotomies – a procedure to open the vagina and make work easier – in the different groups. The length of working time was also comparable between all participants.

The researchers hope that their study will lead to water-based exercises being included in guidelines for pregnant women.

Future studies should show whether aquatic activities lead to outcomes such as fewer medical appointments due to a & # 39; stronger & # 39; perineum, they add.