Being pregnant is a remarkable time which should be enjoyed.
During pregnancy your body undergoes powerful physical, hormonal and emotional changes. The effects of hormonal softening of ligaments, the position of the growing baby, postural changes and increases in weight can put additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis.
These changes occur over a relatively short space of time, and your body has to continually adapt to accommodate these changes. Up to 10 kilograms in weight of baby, placenta and fluids may be carried, putting a significant amount of physical strain on your body.
Many pregnant women find osteopathic treatment very helpful throughout their pregnancy for pain reduction and preparation for labour.
As well as helping to reduce back, hip or leg pain, osteopathy can also assist your body in preparation for labour and delivery.
Even before pregnancy, your osteopath can evaluate your body, paying particular attention to your spine and pelvis, to ensure that there are no pre-existing or underlying restrictions, which may cause problems further into your pregnancy.