A health education seminar, Exercise Safely During Pregnancy and After, will take place on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Noble Conference Center at Greenwich Hospital at 5 Perryridge Rd.
Orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Dr. Katie Vadasdi of the ONS Foundation for Clinical Research and Education, OBGYN Catherine Berzolla, MD of Putnam Gynecology and Obstetrics of Greenwich, and physical therapist Alicia Hirscht of ONS Physical Therapy will talk about the importance of exercise for pregnant women and address common concerns and safety guidelines for physical activity while pregnant. The free seminar is open to the public. Registration is required. To register, call 203-863-4277 or 888-305-9253.
The Community Health seminar, presented by Greenwich Hospital and the ONS Foundation, will cover information on why exercise is recommended during pregnancy, what musculoskeletal injuries are common in pregnant women, exercises that should be avoided and some that should be a priority while pregnant.
Dr. Vadasdi, who is a triathlete and alpine climber and is expecting her second child in February, will focus her talk on changes to the body during pregnancy that can lead to musculoskeletal injuries, orthopedic injuries that may occur during pregnancy and which activities are generally safe and comfortable during pregnancy.
Dr. Berzola will present recommendations for safe guidelines for exercising during pregnancy from the obstetrics side. Alicia Hirscht, DPT will talk about and demonstrate some specific exercise recommendations.
“In my orthopedics practice, I meet many women who are concerned about exercise safety and pregnancy,” says Dr. Vadasdi. “They want to know if- and how- they should modify your routine, how long they can work out, and how much exertion is safe. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t exercise, but it is important to know how to exercise safely.”