What To Expect During Pregnancy
Pregnancy brings a variety of changes to the body. There are many hormonal and physiological changes when pregnant such as sudden and dramatic changes in estrogen and progesterone levels. These changes improve the vascularisation (formation of blood vessels) to assist in the transfer of nutrients to support the development and maturation of the baby.
The rapid increase in estrogen levels in the first trimester are thought to cause some of the nausea during pregnancy. It plays a big role in milk duct development in the second trimester.
Progesterone causes laxity (loosening) of the ligaments in the body to allow for the growth and expansion of the baby and for childbirth.
While these hormonal changes are normal and necessary for a successful pregnancy, this rapid change in the body's structure can cause pain and discomfort.
A pregnant woman's entire posture changes. Breasts grow larger, which increases the stress on the upper back and neck. Her abdomen transforms, placing pressure on the lower ribs and hips, also increasing the curvature of the back. The combined effect shift the center of gravity forward and may lead to changes in her sense of balance and increased weight can place pressure on the knees and ankles.
These changes are natural and the body can adapt adequately throughout the entire pregnancy without any complications. However, aches and pains can result from these dramatic changes. Osteopathy can help decrease the severity of the side effects of these changes by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses. Osteopathic treatment achieves this through the use of safe and effective manual therapy techniques, supporting mother and baby with minimum pain and discomfort.
Conditions That We Treat
Each mother and each pregnancy can have very different symptoms and can change multiple times throughout the duration of the pregnancy. Regions of pain and conditions can be but not limited to:
Lower back pain
Pelvic and pubic pain
Hip and glute pain
Mid back and rib pain
Neck and shoulder pain
Pins and needles/numbness
At Back Into Osteopathy, we understand that attending an appointment can be sometimes stressful at the best of cases, but when carrying a child, we understand this feeling even more. We ensure that at your appointment, we will make you as comfortable as possible with the use of a pregnancy table, pillows down to extra cooling if need be.
By appreciating the structure and functioning of your body, we can use our treatment techniques to relieve as much discomfort as possible. We will also educate you on what we learn about your body changes during pregnancy to manage the discomfort together.
Exercises may be prescribed to improve your mobility, improve the strength of important muscle groups e.g. pelvic floor and imperative core muscles, as well as improving fluid drainage.