About Us

Contact details: thepregnancycentre@westnet.com.au

The Pregnancy Centre was founded in 1999 to help women to understand more about the physical changes that occur during pregnancy and birth, aiming to reduce the long term problems that can occur such as back or pelvic joint pain, abdominal muscle separation and pelvic floor issues.  

Founded by Dianne Edmonds, an Australian Physiotherapist who has been passionate about fitness education and improving resources that have impacted the standards of health and fitness nationally. 

Over the years The Pregnancy Centre has been involved with developing resources in partnership with The Continence Foundation of Australia for pregnant and postnatal women. 

Dianne currently works as a physiotherapist in an Obstetric GP clinic at Peel Maternity and Family Practice in Mandurah Western Australia. 


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A keen area of interest has always been postnatal return to sport and exercise and most recently - with a special section on the website dedicated to this area here: Return to Sport



Through her business The Pregnancy Centre, Dianne provides women and health and fitness professionals with resources on improving pelvic floor awareness during pregnancy and on returning to sport and exercise safely after birth. Her resources include the creation of online courses in pregnancy, postnatal, and women’s core fitness for fitness professionals, and for the Australian Fitness Network and for FitPro UK.
 

She worked with The Continence Foundation of Australia to design the Pregnancy Pelvic Floor App and The Pregnancy Guide, distributed and available free from the CFA. She was the Project Officer for The Pelvic Floor First campaign and collaborated with, some of Australia’s leading women’s health physiotherapists and fitness professionals to develop resources for pregnant and postnatal women related to exercise levels, safety, and risk reduction, of common problems such as stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Dianne has been an Ambassador for the Pelvic Floor First campaign, since 2011. 
 

Free Resources

These resources, created in conjunction with The Pregnancy Centre are available free of charge from

The Continence Foundation of Australia:

Pelvic Health for New and Expectant Mums

Pregnancy and Exercise Factsheet

Returning to sport or exercise after the birth



Pelvic Floor First

Exercise modifications during pregnancy

Pelvic Floor friendly postnatal exercise: A case study

Using babies as weights while exercising


 

 

 

 

Pregnancy, Postnatal and Core Conditioning CEC Courses for Fitness Professionals


 

 

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Antenatal Core Training



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Third Trimester Training for Labour


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Early Postnatal Programming


 

National Pre and Postnatal Exercise Guidelines for Fitness Professionals
 

Dianne was a member of the Expert Reference Group involved in the development of Fitness Australia's Pre & Post-Natal Exercise Guidelines published in September 2013.

These are available at on the Fitness Australia Website.

 

 

Articles  - For More Information

 

Australian Fitness Network

Is postnatal recovery like recovery from a sporting injury?


Fitpro UK

Pregnancy Priorities