Osteopathic treatment is a safe, gentle way to ease some of the common ailments that arise during pregnancy.


Pregnancy and your body

Pregnancy brings about many changes in your body. Shifts in hormone production will cause your ligaments to soften and your posture will adjust as the weight of the baby gradually pushes your centre of gravity forward. These changes put additional pressure on the spinal curve which often results in lower back pain. As breast size increases, you may also feel strained in the upper back and neck.

Pregnancy-related complaints include:

  •   Neck, shoulder, or middle back pain
  •   Lower back and glute pain
  •   Sciatica (intermittent or continual pain in your legs, hips or buttocks)
  •   Headaches
  •   Pelvic girdle instability, pelvic floor weakness, and incontinence
  •   Pubic symphysis or sacroiliac joint pain
  •   Carpal tunnel syndrome (numb or tingling hands)
  •   Loss of abdominal tone
  •   Nausea or heartburn
  •   Circulatory problems such as swollen legs or varicose veins

How can osteopathy help during pregnancy?

Osteopathic treatment supports your body's ability to adjust to the changes which occur during pregnancy.  Through stretching, joint articulation, and massage, your osteopath will support you to maintain mobility, reduce muscle tension, and improve circulation. They can also help you with adjusting your posture to reduce discomfort and avoid injury.

Is osteopathy safe during pregnancy?

The osteopathic techniques used on pregnant patients are carefully chosen to protect the patient and ensure comfort at all times. This gentle approach supports the natural functions of your body during pregnancy.

Look after yourself during pregnancy

  • If you’re standing for more than a few minutes, keep your bottom gently 'tucked in' to reduce any extension of your lower back. When you sit down, settle in a comfortable, upright position and avoid crossing your legs.
  • To keep your spine in a neutral position while you sleep,  try lying on your side with a pillow between your knees.
  • Be careful when lifting and carrying anything heavy for long periods.
  • Try to maintain some level of physical activity during your pregnancy. Swimming and brisk walking are achievable exercise options for pregnant women.
  • You can also ask your osteopath about exercises that will prepare your body for carrying additional weight in the coming months.


Post-pregnancy recovery

Osteopathic treatment following childbirth can help your body recover from the challenges of pregnancy and prevent further discomfort or injury as you care for your new family member. Osteopathic care can also relieve discomfort in the upper back and neck that may arise from breastfeeding or carrying your baby.

Ask your Osteopath about how long to wait before having post-pregnancy osteopathic treatment. They can support you with postural corrections, sleep advice, and exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

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