Assisting women through pregnancy and beyond
Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to maximise the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby.
Changes During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous change to accommodate the growing foetus. Apart from the obvious physical changes like expansion of the abdominal region, hormonal releases can affect the function of your body’s internal systems.
As your pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in your body’s centre of gravity. Your supporting ligaments also soften. These factors can add stress to your body, causing problems like back pain, sciatica, insomnia, shortness of breath, swelling, high blood pressure and fatigue. Your osteopath can offer advice about managing these symptoms and demonstrate self-help techniques that you and your partner can use during pregnancy and labour.=
Your osteopath will also work with other health practitioners to ensure optimum care and open communication. Your osteopath’s aim is to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth – maximising your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.
Birthing and Beyond
In birth, a range of factors influences the descent of the baby through the birth canal. Osteopathic care aims to restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility, helping to reduce musculoskeletal stresses experienced during birth. After the birth, your osteopath may advise you to make return visits to prevent or manage problems like pelvic and low back strain. Your osteopath will also make referrals to other health professionals as needed.
This aims to help you meet your baby’s needs, whilst caring for your own.