Pregnancy & Post-Natal Care

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CHANGES DURING PREGNANCY

Pregnancy produces the largest postural change that a woman’s body will ever undergo. As the baby grows in the womb and extra weight is gained, the centre of gravity alters resulting in postural changes from week to week. This may lead to a variety of aches and pains. Expecting a baby is a unique and special experience; enormous physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place in a relatively short period of time. This can be particularly challenging if you already have a child in the family, especially when carrying them and lifting them into car seats and cots.

ACHES & PAINS DURING PREGNANCY

You may be experiencing backache, pain in your pelvis, ribs or hips, and you may also find that simple things like walking, sitting, or turning over in bed are now uncomfortable, or even painful. Problems like these are so common in pregnancy that they are often considered normal. This should not mean that you need to suffer! Pain or discomfort is a sign that your body is struggling to adapt to it’s new shape and needs help. Osteopathy can help to provide relief from numerous pregnancy related aches and pains, as well as more specific conditions such as pelvic and groin pain. Any imbalance within the pelvis and pelvic ligaments may affect the position of the baby. Our objective is to help to improve your quality of life, allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy. The safety of mother and baby is our primary concern, and osteopaths are highly trained to deal with antenatal issues. A post-natal check after your baby arrives can also help you to recover from the birth. Treatment is aimed at gently easing sore and tired muscles, and re-balancing the pelvis. It can also help to ease back pain from breast feeding and lifting your baby.

PREGNANCY SPECIFIC TRAINING

  • Pregnancy & Post natal care

  • Paediatrics - including pregnancy and the birthing process

  • Gynaecology & Obstetrics

  • Anatomy & Physiology of pregnancy