Treatment during pregnancy and postpartum
Pregnancy and childbirth are unlike anything your body has been through before. When you are pregnant, your body is going through significant changes. Accommodating the growing baby, placenta and amniotic fluid, as well as a shift in your centre of gravity and posture can create tension in your muscles and joints. In addition, the production of the hormone, relaxin, relaxes the ligaments and both of these factors can lead to some 'pelvic girdle' pain. Providing safe, effective care during this time requires specialist knowledge and skills. An experienced pregnancy Osteopath can help you to adapt as your baby grows and support you to prepare for giving birth. In addition, seeing an Osteopath postpartum can aid your recovery after the birth.
Whatever stage you are at in your journey into motherhood, choosing an experienced pregnancy Osteopath with advanced training in the care of pregnant women and babies will give you the confidence you are in safe hands.
What does a pregnancy Osteopath do?
Osteopaths study the anatomy and physiology of the body during all phases of life, including during pregnancy. This knowledge enables them to use their hands to identify areas of tension or imbalance in your body and try to make sense of where it came from, what impact it’s having and what kind of support it needs to resolve. They will hold different parts of your body to support them to rebalance. The treatment is very gentle and most people find it deeply relaxing.
What conditions can a pregnancy Osteopath help with?
An Osteopath can help you stay healthy during pregnancy and help your body to get ready for giving birth. During pregnancy, the added stress of adapting to the growth of the baby can tip things out of balance. Back pain, sciatica and many other common conditions of pregnancy can be a sign your body is struggling to adapt.
Women commonly seek support with a wide range of pregnancy and postpartum symptoms, including:
- Back pain & sciatica
- Neck pain & headaches
- Digestive & circulatory problems
- Inability to relax
- Other aches & pains
A pregnancy Osteopath can help you to address these issues early so you can avoid problems later on. They are experts at identifying unresolved tension and supporting you to let go of it. This frees your body to adapt as your baby grows and helps it get back to normal after giving birth. Seeing an Osteopath postpartum can help you get back on track afterwards and support your baby to get the best start in life.