During pregnancy, your body undergoes tremendous changes to accommodate the growing fetus. 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.
If your body adapts well to this increase in size and weight, you will generally experience minimal pain and discomfort. If it has trouble accommodating these changes, undue strain can be placed on your spine, neck and shoulders causing pain and discomfort.
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 minimal discomfort.
We use a variety of gentle techniques to improve mobility, relieve stress in muscles, tendons and ligaments, giving your body more space to adapt throughout your pregnancy.
Is Osteopathy safe during Pregnancy?
Treatment in pregnancy is safe for both the pregnant woman and her baby. All techniques are specially chosen and adapted to the particular patient beforehand to minimise risk of harm. It is up to the patient themselves to express to their therapist how comfortable they are in each position during treatment.
As there is a naturally high risk of miscarriage in the first trimester, osteopaths will adapt treatments as appropriate.