Pregnancy places a huge strain on a woman’s body. The growing baby and bump changes the mother’s centre of gravity, which in turn alters the position of joints and the tone of muscles. In addition to this are the effects of the hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy. These changes are all completely normal but will sometimes lead to painful conditions such as, lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic girdle pain and symphysis pubis dysfunction. These can not only be unpleasant and inconvenient during pregnancy, but immobility and pain can have a negative effect on the process of labour and reduce the chance of having an uncomplicated normal delivery. For most women, addressing these symptoms will mean less pain throughout pregnancy, a better chance of an uncomplicated delivery, and better post-natal recovery.
Remaining active throughout pregnancy is something most women feel is important, but painful conditions can make achieving this very difficult. At City Osteopaths, we aim for all our expectant mums to be as active as possible, and achieve this by using the best advice and treatment at the right time. Our obstetric trained osteopath, Jennifer, has undergone significant post graduate training to ensure that all mums are given the highest standard of treatment available. Assessment is always tailored to your stage of pregnancy as well as considering your fitness levels before pregnancy, any other health issues, and your personal aims for the rest of your pregnancy, labour and post-natal recovery.
Exercises play a large part in ante and post-natal treatment, but it is not as simple as just doing your pelvic floor exercises. Women all carry their babies slightly differently and we are all different sizes and shapes, therefore pregnancy and birth will cause weaknesses and strains to develop differently in different women. There is no one size fits all approach! At City Osteopaths, everyone is assessed to see what exercises will benefit them and an exercise plan is developed that is specific to the individual. The hands on physical therapy provided at treatment sessions is also tailored to each person and will vary at the different stages of pregnancy and post-partum, to ensure treatment is as safe and effective as possible.