Osteopathy Before, During and After Pregnancy

Congratulation on your pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a happy and exciting time, but can also be very tough on your body. 

We’re always excited to see mums and bumps come to our clinic – partly because we know we can really help them feel better; and partly because we think baby bumps are just magic!

Osteopathy treatments for many pregnancy-related conditions are safe, effective and pleasant, and we can treat during all stages of pregnancy.

During Pregnancy

Osteopathy can help during all stages of a healthy pregnancy.  Common conditions we can help with are low back pain, neck pain and muscle tension, sciatic symptoms, SPD (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction), Pelvic Girdle Pain, foot and ankle pain, rib pains, breathing discomfort and indigestion.

With a developing pregnancy, your posture and weight distribution are continually adapting.  Hormones soften all body tissues including the skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons to help your body adapt to the growing baby, and to prepare for birth.

Our bodies can be describes as very sophisticated machines, with all parts working together in harmony to support our endeavours – and so during pregnancy, all your joints including the spine, pelvis, limbs, hands and feet need to be working together efficiently to support the additional weight and pressures from your growing bundle of joy…

Aches and pains may start at any stage of pregnancy, depending on previous pregnancies or injuries, as well as daily activities or work-related posture.

We can help reduce pain and fatigue by releasing strains, aligning the pelvis, spine, rib cage and the overall body so all joints are functioning effectively. We can also help to calm and harmonise the nervous system, using the subtle yet powerful techniques of Cranial Osteopathy.

Nearer to delivery, your baby will have less space to move around. Osteopathic treatment to the pelvis, sacrum and coccyx can help get your body aligned, which will help baby get in the optimum position for delivery, so he or she can easily descend through the birth canal.

Pre-Conception Support

To help your body get ready for pregnancy, osteopathy can help realign and rebalance the pelvis, spine and overall posture, thereby preparing the body as well as it can for the magic to happen… We can also advise on physical activity, lifestyle and nutrition, to help optimise the conditions for conception. The rest is then down to nature!

Post-Natal Support

After birth, your body has to readapt very quickly, with recovery from the birth (and additional healing if you’ve had a Caesarian section) as well as the new changes with breastfeeding and looking after your baby.

Hormones are still very involved for many months and so different stresses and strains may develop from lifting and feeding your baby. At this stage, we can help by supporting your body’s recovery, and rebalancing the nervous and hormonal systems, using Cranial Osteopathy, to improve sleep and help you through the demanding first few months of baby’s life.

We would recommend all new mums to come in a for a check up, even if they’re not experiencing pain. We highly recommend our osteopath Orit Huntley or Emily Green.

To learn about how we can support you during your pregnancy, call us at 01252 449435, email info@meadowsideosteopathy.co.uk or book a free chat with Orit or Emily today.

We are recommended by the Pelvic Partnership

We are delighted to share that our practice director and osteopath, Orit, has officially been acknowledged as a Recognised Practitioner for Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) with the Pelvic Partnership charity.

The Pelvic Partnership offers information and support to women and healthcare professionals regarding best practices for the treatment and management of pregnancy-related pelvic-girdle pain.

Their mission is to empower women to access the right treatment for their needs, so they can be more comfortable throughout their pregnancy, rather than putting up with the pain.

We are honoured to be associated with this wonderful organisation, and we look forward to helping you on your journey to a positive pregnancy.