Finding out that you are pregnant can be a very emotional experience, a mixture of elation and concern of what the next 9 months will bring – how best to nurture that evolving embryo inside you and therefore how best to take care of yourself. We aim to be there to support you and your body as it makes the necessary changes, keeping you active, pain free and allowing you to enjoy the miraculous time of growing a baby.
Hormonal levels of oestrogen and progesterone change significantly during pregnancy to allow the growth and nutrition of the fetus and necessary changes in the musculoskeletal system. Early on the ligaments start to relax to allow these changes, but also make you more prone to injury. As the pregnancy progresses the increase weight of your growing baby will affect your posture putting more demand on your spine and often leading to back and pelvic pain. In the third trimester your baby, who is getting quite big by now, can sometimes lie with a foot or head wedged under your rib cage causing discomfort and problems with digestion.
It is important to embrace pregnancy and consider these issues as part of a normal process, but osteopathic treatment can help to ease muscle and joint tension, provide a little more room for your baby and make you both more comfortable. A balanced body, especially where the pelvis is concerned also puts you in a better place for avoiding complications at childbirth.