Throughout pregnancy progressive adaptations occur in the mothers body to allow for the developing child. Hormones such as relaxin, cause ligaments to soften, the curves of the spine change and your overall posture is altered. As the baby grows your centre of gravity gradually moves forward, altering the normal mechanical stress on the body and exaggerating the arching in the lower back. All of these changes increase the pressure on the spinal joints, muscles and ligaments.
Osteopathic treatment supports the body through these changes, especially during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, but also in the post-partum period and if you are breastfeeding. An osteopath will aim to maintain the body’s alignment which can aid circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems throughout the pregnancy. Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is gentle, and non-invasive.
BENEFITS OF OSTEOPATHY DURING PREGNANCY Osteopathic treatment while pregnant can ease some of the symptoms typically associated with pregnancy which include:
Aches and pains (back pain, neck and shoulder pain, muscular tension) as a result of extra strain on the spine
Groin, lower abdominal pain or pubic symphysis pain as a result of extra strain on the pelvis
Circulatory problems such as swelling in the legs and varicose veins as a result of increased pressure on the abdomen
Rib and mid back pain leading to breathlessness and difficulty deep breathing
History of back pain which could affect pregnancy or labour
Your Osteopath will:
Provide advice on breathing techniques, stretches and exercise you can do to maintain your health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy.
Help prepare for childbirth, by improving flexibility in the pelvis and abdomen.
Help ease any aches and pains during pregnancy.
Help the mother to recover after birth.
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