Achieving physical balance for pregnancy and labour
You can’t underestimate the changes your body goes through during pregnancy and labour. Although a natural process, many women experience skeletal and muscular problems during pregnancy, which can make birth harder than it needs to be.
This is because as your pregnancy progresses, your baby’s weight causes a shift in your body’s centre of gravity, which in turn causes your skeleton to compensate. Additionally, your muscles and supporting ligaments soften in preparation for labour, making them more vulnerable to trauma.
All this change can lead to impaired functioning, including:
- Lower, middle and upper back pain
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Pubic symphysis
- Sacroiliac joint pain
- Morning sickness
Assisting a natural process, gently
The goal of osteopathic treatment is to maximise your body’s ability to adjust and compensate for the changes as efficiently as possible. We want your body’s structure to remain strong, healthy and balanced so that you can continue your pregnancy – and birth – free from unnecessary pain or discomfort.
Getting fit and ready for labour
Osteopathy is incredibly effective in preparing your body for birth. The successful descent of the baby through the pelvis is determined by a number of factors. If the mother’s pelvis is unstable, it may interfere with the baby’s journey through the birth canal. Through gentle palpatory techniques, osteopathic care can help restore balance and improve the movement and flexibility of the pelvic girdle.
It’s not surprising that some women experience back problems or severe period pain after giving birth. Softened ligaments and lack of muscle strength weakens the whole skeletal structure, and breastfeeding can cause lower back pain. All these things have a negative knock-on effect, including the flow and lymphatic drainage to the breast area for feeding.
After-birth osteopathic treatment can restore the normal mechanics of the back and pelvis, allowing you a swifter return to a full and active life.
Holistic care and advice
As with all our osteopathic care, overall well being means looking at the bigger picture. As such, your osteopath can provide advice on sleep, posture for breastfeeding, daily activities and also exercises to strengthen abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor. It’s these little parts of the puzzle that count towards sustainable health and a positive experience of motherhood.
For more information or to book an appointment