Complete pregnancy care involves focusing on more than just the pregnancy itself. It also involves working with your health prior to conception and supporting your recovery after birth. Our osteopaths are experienced and dedicated in helping you through all stages of your pregnancy journey. We can help with pre-conception care, aches and pains that occur during your pregnancy and post birth support for you and your baby.
Some common complaints we see include:
- Lower back, pelvic and hip pain
- Pubic symphysis pain and pelvic instability
- Upper back and neck pain
- General aches and pains from postural change
- Morning sickness
- Heartburn and breathing difficulties
- Fluid retention
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
Pregnancy related pain and discomfort can be experienced in all trimesters. Osteopathy can help support your body as it adapts to the changes in shape and posture.
With all the pushing and contractions it’s not surprising that most women experience some form of lower back or pelvic pain post delivery. In most cases, these will be general aches and pains that start to subside after a few days. For other women, postpartum pain can be more intense and take longer to recover (especially where medical intervention has been required or there has been a particularly long second stage of labour). Some women also experience pain following a caesarian section. This can be due to the wound itself, or it can be related to the extensive period of immobility after surgery.
Common postnatal complaints include:
- Pelvic pain (including pubic and sacroiliac joint pain)
- Coccyx and lower back pain
- Upper back, neck and shoulder pain
- Post caesarian recovery
- Weakness in the pelvic floor or abdominal muscles
- Post-natal depression
If you are experiencing lingering pain or discomfort an osteopathic treatment may help your body to realign and recover from the birth. Our osteopaths are also highly experienced when it comes to treating babies – for more information on how we can help your baby post birth see our article on birth trauma or visit our babies and children’s page.
Fertility & Pre-Conception Care
Pre-conception health is an important aspect of care that is often overlooked when it comes to pregnancy. Diet, lifestyle, stress and the overall health of both parents all contribute to your child’s conception, growth and development. For women, a healthy starting point can also assist in reducing the risk of complications during pregnancy and improve your body’s ability to recover afterwards. Taking steps early on to sort out any niggling health issues can benefit your whole family in the long run.
Minor irritations often become more persistent aches or pains once your body starts adapting to the change in shape that occurs with pregnancy. By working through these strains or tensions prior to pregnancy, your osteopath can help your body adjust more easily to the extra strain placed on it through pregnancy.
For some couples, falling pregnant or maintaining a pregnancy can be problematic. In some instances the cause can be traced back to genetics, underlying medical conditions, the age of the parents (particularly the mother) or a combination of factors whilst in other instances no obvious cause can be found.
Osteopathy may be able to help with infertility issues if there are structural strains or tension present in the lumbar spine and pelvis. Dysfunction in the pelvic and lower abdominal areas may be associated with:
- Lower back and pelvic problems
- Previous trauma to the area (e.g. falls, motor vehicle accidents, previous births)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Gynaecological conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids, cysts and torsions
Strain or tension in the surrounding tissues can affect the function of your pelvic organs. Osteopathic treatments are aimed at improving blood flow and nerve supply to the tissues which may assist in becoming pregnant. Many of our patients successfully combine osteopathic treatments with other approaches such as Acupuncture, IVF and nutritional support.
Another area where fertility problems can arise is through your nervous and hormonal systems. Part of the role of your pituitary gland is to release hormones that stimulate the ovaries to produce an egg and the testes to produce sperm. Head and neck dysfunction or stress may irritate your nervous system, which may effect the function of your pituitary gland located in your cranium. Osteopathic treatment may assist in reducing irritation in your cranium and nervous system, which may be interfering with your natural cycle.