PREGNANCY AND OSTEOPATHY
During pregnancy huge physical, emotional and chemical changes occur in the body. Pregnancy produces the biggest postural changes that a woman will ever go through. As the baby grows in the womb and additional weight is gained your centre of gravity alters leading to these postural changes. As each trimester progresses the stress put on different areas of the body alters and therefore your body has to adapt and continually find comfortable ways to function. These stresses and postural changes may result in a number of aches and pains.
Osteopathy can provide relief from these pregnancy related aches and pains as well a treating specific pregnancy related conditions such as pelvic girdle pain and digestive problems.
Osteopaths can help to relieve any musculoskeletal pain that may be associated with pregnancy. For example low back pain or pelvic pain. Stretches and specific exercises can also be advised to provide pain relief and improve flexibility and strength during your pregnancy.
Pelvic muscle and ligamentous imbalance during pregnancy can affect the positioning of your baby. Osteopaths can use gentle techniques to help create a balance in the pelvis which may encourage your baby into a better position. Osteopaths can also advise on the best posture and exercises to do before and during the birth.
Unfortunately not all aches and pains disappear after birth. Osteopathy can help your body adjust to becoming a new mother. For example it can help your body adjust to a new centre of gravity or help with the pain that may be brought on by carrying a newborn baby.