Osteopathy and pregnancy

During pregnancy your body undergoes a great amount of change and development to accommodate a growing fetus.


The postural changes and increase in weight are obvious, but other changes may be more subtle like the effects of hormonal softening of ligaments and the position of the growing baby.


A combination of the above can put additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis.


When I should see an osteopath ?

  • Heartburn
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

So, Where Does Osteopathy Fit In During Pregnancy?


Osteopath aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses. Osteopathic treatment achieves this by using safe and efficient techniques, while making sure the mother is comfortable at all times.


Osteopathic treatment will maximise your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with minimum pain and discomfort.

Osteopathy is safe, light and gentle for both the mother and the baby. The techniques used during pregnancy are carefully selected to minimise any risk.

Can Osteopathy Help Postnatally?


Osteopathic care can help to restore and maintain normal pelvic alignment and mobility and therefore, taking away any pain and discomfort they may be feeling.


If you have unresolved childbirth stresses from labour, these can contribute to :

  •  Back problems,
  • Difficulties with menstruation,
  • Stress incontinence,
  • Bowel problems such as constipation.


Osteopathic treatment can also help with aches and pains associated with poor breast-feeding posture, lifting car capsules and prams, carrying your baby and bending over the cot.


Overall, postnatal treatment can help with long term preventative care, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new baby.