Are you suffering with aches and pains of pregnancy?
Osteopathic treatment through pregnancy is a safe and gentle way of helping the body adapt to the changes that are taking place.
Pregnancy produces the largest postural change that a woman's body will undergo. As a baby grows in the womb, its extra weight results in a changed centre of gravity and posture changes week to week. Many women tend to adopt a swayback posture in order to balance the extra weight in front. This can lead to a variety of aches and pains such as buttock pain, groin or leg (sciatica). As breast weight increases, this can lead to pain in the upper back and neck.
Circulating hormones particularly in the last three months result in weakened muscles and softening of supportive ligaments and tendons as the body prepares for labour. This leads to instability of joints and a reduction in core strength.
Breast-feeding can lead to postural pain/strain in the mid to upper spine. Your osteopath can advise on your posture.
- Take particular care when lifting and carrying – especially when lifting or carrying other children. Do not carry a small child on one hip for any length of time.
- If you stand for any length of time keep your bottom 'tucked in' to reduce strain on the lower back.
- Don't sit with your legs crossed, the torsion can put extra strain on the ligaments of the pelvis. It can also impede blood flow through the legs leading to varicose veins.
- Lying on your side in bed, place a pillow under the 'bump' to give support and also put a pillow between your knees to prevent back strain.
- If you prefer to lie on your back, place pillows beneath your knees to keep them bent.
- Make sure all equipment (changing table, pushchair etc.) is at a comfortable height for you.