During pregnancy, a women’s body undergoes enormous physical, chemical and emotional changes in a short space of time. As the baby grows in the womb and weight increases, the body has to adapt to an altered centre of gravity and the resulting changes in postural that can develop on a weekly basis. This change in alignment can place strain on organs, muscles, ligaments and other tissues within the body resulting in aches and pains.
Problems like these during pregnancy are very common and often considered normal. This should not mean that you have to suffer! Previous stresses or strain occurring before pregnancy may also make it harder for the body to adapt to the extra demands it is placed under. You may be experiencing:
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic or groin pain
- Hip pain
- Rib pain
- Muscle soreness
- Shortness of breath
How can osteopathy help during pregnancy?
Osteopathy is suitable and beneficial during all stages of pregnancy. Osteopaths operate on the belief that the health and well-being of an individual is related to the sum of all the body’s systems working in balance.
Imbalances or restrictions within the spine, pelvis and its ligaments can potentially affect the babies position. Treatment can help the body adapt to the changes occurring during pregnancy, and reduce or prevent symptoms of pain and discomfort.
Consultations are tailored to ensure maximum comfort of mother and baby. We assess each patient individually and provide a unique and gentle approach using both structural and cranial techniques. We may also advise on exercises and lifestyle advice specific to your situation, allowing you to be more proactive and take control of your pain.
The main aim of osteopathic care during pregnancy is to improve quality of life so that you can enjoy your pregnancy and prepare for labour without unnecessary discomfort or stress.
Osteopathy after birth
Depending on the type of labour experienced, women can suffer from a wide range of issues postnatally. Mums are famous for putting their children first and carrying on, even if that means they have to put up with endless aches and pains!
Osteopathy can help restore and maintain healthy pelvic alignment and function allowing your body to recover from the stresses of labour. It can also play a supportive role as you settle into your new life as a parent and allow your body to cope with the new demands of feeding and carrying your baby and provide you with at-home exercises to help optimise healing.