The first in Adam Wilson’s series of blogs about how osteopathy can help in pregnancy. In this blog, he focuses on the changes that happen before the big day and how we can help.
Pregnancy produces many changes within the body, on many different levels. And of course it’s
not just how a mother looks on the outside that changes: the baby takes up a lot of room inside,
which has an effect on all the organs around it causing all sorts of stresses and strains.
Struggling with low back pain?
Low back pain affects a high proportion of expectant mums. The extra weight of your baby leads
to extra strain on the back and the discomfort can affect not just how you stand, but walking,
sitting and even lying down!
Osteopathy offers an effective way of relaxing strained muscles, loosening restricted joints and
providing relief from aching backs. Allowing muscles to relax and recover – even for a short time
– can provide noticeable relief from your symptoms. Combined with gentle exercises and some
easy massage techniques that your husband/partner can use, low back pain can be effectively
treated, and lasting relief provided.
Can barely walk?
One of the biggest changes that occurs during pregnancy is hormonal, and there’s one hormone
released that affects the ligaments which connect muscles, joints and bones together. This can lead
to instability in your joints, which can cause pain. One area most affected by this is the pelvis and
the pain towards the front of the pelvis, or around the hips, is sometimes so bad that it can
preventing you from walking. The only treatment offered by most GPs or hospitals is usually
painkillers or crutches to help walking. However, by assessing the bones and muscles in and
around the pelvis, it is often possible for an osteopath to provide relief from, and ways to help
prevent, this instability and pain.
And perhaps you’re having trouble breathing
One thing that most women notice, especially towards the last trimester, is trouble breathing. This
is caused by the baby pushing upwards against the diaphragm (the big muscle at the base of the
ribs) which restricts how deep your breathing can be. Osteopathy has specific techniques which
can be used to ease the pressure on the diaphragm, and help the muscle to work more efficiently.
Working through not just the bottom of the rib cage, but also through the overworked top half can
help to make breathing easier, and help reduce your feelings of breathlessness. Breathing exercises
and stretches to do at home can also help, allowing you to tackle the problem yourself.
And finally, just as you thought that was all, you wake up in the night with heartburn, reflux or
even nausea. But the good news is that specific work with your osteopath can help provide extra
space in your stomach and relieve pressure to reduce symptoms. Combined with discussing your
specific needs as an expectant mum, and advice on types of food and eating times, we can help to
make mealtimes more comfortable and less stressful too.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in your life and you want to be able to enjoy it as much as you can,
especially if you already have little ones to take care of. So try and make a little time to take care
of yourself and ensure that when the baby arrives, you feel as fresh and as well as possible.
Call us today to arrange your free 15 minute consultation
Or to book your appointment and ease some of the pressure.