Osteopathy for Pregnant Women
Obstetric care by osteopaths centres on allowing the woman to accommodate her pregnancy as comfortably as possible. With the aim of reducing or removing stress and strain during the pregnancy and during the labour, this will also benefit baby.
Many women and health professionals consider the discomfort and pain associated with pregnancy and birth, as part of the course and treatment is unnecessary. Many women experience physical problems and often women wait until the end of the pregnancy to seek help, this does not have to be the case as many of these problems can be dealt with as they arise and can be managed or alleviated using osteopathic treatment.
Osteopathic care for pregnant women pre and post-birth focuses on helping the mother to accommodate the stresses on the structure including spine, joints and soft tissue. It helps to alleviate some of the pains and problems associated with changes in posture, weight-bearing and laxity in the ligaments and tissues, especially within the pelvis.
Preparing for Labour and Delivery
Treatment also helps to prepare the body and pelvis for labour and delivery, it also helps recovery after any potential strains imposed during the birth process whether natural delivery or caesarean. Previous injuries, which begin to affect the wellbeing of the mother during pregnancy, can also be treated.
Osteopathy also aims to make space available for the developing baby so they are as comfortable as possible and not under any undue stress during pregnancy and labour. This potentially reduces any undue stresses on baby through birth.