Amanda Ravenswood is one of our senior Women's Health Accredited Exercise Physiologists on the team here at Pear.
Amanda loves all things women’s health including pre, during and post pregnancy conditions, rehabilitation following cancer treatment, prevention, treatment and management of chronic conditions including back pain, arthritis, diabetes, heart conditions. She is Pilates trained and prior to her AEP career, she spent nine years working as a Recreation Officer with children who had physical disabilities.
I was about 4 months pregnant when Esme hit me up to compete in the Noosa triathlon as a team and complete an individual event also. It has been on my bucket list to compete in this event, so I thought what better time than post-bub to commit and give me some focus for my return to exercise!
At about 6.5 months into my pregnancy I got quite unwell with parainfluenza and some rib cartilage pain from coughing (good ol’ relaxin hormone). I was unable to upkeep my regular weekly training due to the serious fatigue and the rib pain (weights x 3, cardio x 2, swim x 1), only able to occasionally go for a small walk. I got very de-conditioned, but by the 8th month I did manage to get back to 3 easy swims/week in the lead up to delivery. Due to the rib pain in conjunction with a rather traumatic recovery after my first pregnancy, I decided to have an elective c-section. I thankfully had a very smooth, straightforward experience.
Since becoming a mum, I have a new respect for barriers to exercise. I LOVE exercising and will prioritise it as all costs. I enjoy it, I love the health benefits – mental and physical, and it’s just my thing! But as a mum of two, barriers are REAL. The biggest things I have struggled with is:
Over the past 6 months my training has progressed through 3 phases to get from the acute rehab to functional stage. It looked like this.
We are passionate about women's health
Pear is an industry leading women's health clinic offering exercise physiology, pelvic health physiotherapy, remedial massage and small group strength and reformer pilates classes located on Brisbane's Northside.
address: shop 6/52 Jeffcott Street, Wavell Heights, Queensland, 4012 (entry via Kinmond Ave carpark)
call: 0478 116 700
fax: 07 3036 6550
We are proud to support our local communities of Wavell Heights, Chermside, Clayfield, Ascot, Kedron, Nundah, Stafford, Gordon Park, Nudgee, Sandgate, Albion, Hendra, Wilston, Grange & Wooloowin.
We are a children & baby friendly studio, have easy onsite parking and private health rebates available on all services.
Monday 7am - 8pm
Tuesday 7am - 8pm
Wednesday 7am - 8pm
Thursday 7am - 8pm
Friday 7am - 2pm
Saturday 7am - 2pm