Pregnancy & Childbirth
Pregnancy is a unique and powerful experience. Enormous physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place over a relatively short period of time. The body has to adapt to carrying up to 20lb of baby, waters and placenta, which can impose physical strain on all the organs and tissues.
Pregnancy and its physical discomforts
As the baby grows inside the uterus, the mother’s body has to make space and her posture needs to adapt. Each woman responds differently, depending on her previous history. Past pregnancies and accidents may have affected the mechanical workings of the spine and pelvis, causing restriction and tightness. These factors, plus the natural loosening of the ligaments in preparation for birth, may lead to aches, pains and fatigue as well as predisposing to overstrain.
Osteopathy is safe and non-invasive method of treatment that may help relieve the stresses and strains on your body during pregnancy and help prepare for the demands of labour.
After the birth
During birth the pelvic ligaments stretch to allow the parts of the pelvis to separate. After birth, these ligaments tighten and return to normal length, and any distortions from giving birth may remain, disturbing the normal function of the pelvis and spine. Repeated bending to change nappies, poor feeding positions, lifting baby and car seats, or carrying the baby on the hip can all add to postural vulnerability at this time.
Osteopathic treatment aims to help the new mother’s posture to return to normal. Some osteopaths work alongside lactation consultants to give postural advice related to breastfeeding.