Changes during Pregnancy
During pregnancy the body undergoes a great amount of change and development. This is to accommodate the growing baby. There are also some subtle changes occurring that can have a dramatic effect on the body. This can put added pressure on muscles and joints. To prepare for birth, the body causes ligaments to soften leading to less stability in the joints. Muscles tighten to compensate and stabilise the joints. These muscles are now having to work much harder, leading to pain and aching in areas of the body under most stress. This can be such a big problem that it can lead to a condition called symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD). This is a common condition in pregnant women. It is therefore important to monitor any symptoms such as back pain and stop it leading to additional problems.
Our treatment aims to aid these muscles to function more efficiently and stop imbalances from occurring as certain muscles fatigue. We use gentle stretching and mobilisation to achieve this, making sure the mother is comfortable at all times.
Osteopathy is safe and gentle for both mother and baby. The techniques used during pregnancy are carefully selected to minimise any risk. These techniques are gentle and the comfort of the mother is always taken into consideration and may be adapted to suit each patient.
Depending on the type of labour experienced, women can have a wide range of issues postnatally. Osteopathic care can help to restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility. This can help to take away any pain and discomfort they may be feeling. If you have unresolved childbirth stresses from labour, these can contribute not only to ongoing back problems, but also to difficulties with menstruation, stress incontinence, and bowel problems such as constipation.