Osteopathy during Pregnancy
Osteopathic care during pregnancy helps to relieve or prevent symptoms enabling women to feel pain free, relaxed and energetic. Pain in pregnancy is common but NOT necessarily normal and CAN be treated effectively and usually quite quickly. When there are previous stresses or strains on the body prior to pregnancy, the body may not be able to adapt to the extra demands so easily, resulting in symptoms such as back pain, sacro-iliac pain, pubic or groin pain, rib pain, indigestion, or shortness of breath. If you are getting any of these symptoms it’s a good idea to consult an osteopath who specialises in pregnancy.
Specialist musculoskeletal care throughout pregnancy
Patients who are pain-free are checked by our osteopaths, especially towards the end of the pregnancy. If they develop symptoms we treat as required. Osteopathic treatment is beneficial and safe during all stages of pregnancy and helps prepare your body for as straight forward a labour as possible. We assess each patient individually and provide gentle relief of symptoms using cranial and structural osteopathic techniques. We can also provide advice on exercises and posture specific to your problem, which can enable you to continue relieving your symptoms at home.
We use an integrated approach to healthcare during your pregnancy and may work with your midwife, obstetrician, exercise instructor or ante-natal teachers to provide information on your symptoms so that special care can be taken during your delivery or during your exercise classes.
Preparation for labour at 37 to 38 weeks pregnant
We like to do a special appointment for the pregnant women in our practice. This is to check the mobility of the pelvis, particularly the movement of the sacrum and coccyx which has to move a considerable amount during delivery. During this session our osteopaths will teach you breast feeding posture for the mother. (You will also be taught posture and latching for the baby by your midwife). This is particularly important to prevent the all too common neck or back pain occurring post-natally. Advice in this session is also given for perineum and pelvic floor and options for positions during labour its self if there, especially with history of back problems. We also like to share the hormonal cascade which takes place during labour to help women understand that their body possesses all of the hormones you need to get you through labour with as little discomfort as possible.