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Osteopathy and Pregnancy

18 October 2014

During pregnancy a woman’s body must adapt to the gradual increase in her weight

and shift of her centre of gravity, as well as make room for the baby as it grows. To

do this her body needs to be strong and flexible. Any old injuries, underlying muscle

tightness, joint restriction or pelvic instability will impair her ability to adapt and

may result in pain.

Although back, neck, pelvic and leg pain is very common during

pregnancy, it is a sign that the body is struggling and needs some focused help.

Many pregnant women find osteopathic treatment very helpful throughout their

pregnancy for pain reduction and preparation for labour. The treatment techniques

used are very gentle and carefully selected for each individual. Further more,

osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medically related profession

and can and should be used throughout your pregnancy. In each of the stages of

pregnancy osteopathic care has a particular focus:

 

• Pre-conception

to help make sure your body will cope with the changes of

pregnancy and help it to adapt as smoothly as possible.

 

• During pregnancy

– to help your body adapt to the postural demands of

the growing baby. Maximizing pelvic mobility can also help to minimize the

chances of a problematic labour.

 

• Post-natal

– to help you recover from the birth. Treatment is aimed at gently

easing sore and tired muscles and rebalancing the pelvis. It can also help

relieve back pain from breast feeding and lifting the baby and optimize your

milk supply. In addition, lymphatic drainage can help reduce swelling, improve

your circulation and reduce the chances of mastitis.

 

When necessary an osteopath will commonly liaise with your midwife, obstetrician

or GP through the stages of pregnancy to ensure you get great care for yourself and

your growing baby. Being pregnant is a unique and powerful life experience. It is a

time that can and should be enjoyed. So if you’re in pain and to looking to improve

your overall well-being during this exciting time in your life you can count on us to

help.

 

Call us at St George Osteopathy on 9553 9823 or make an appointment online.

Vicki is a registered Osteopath with over 10 years’ experience working

with pregnancy, mothers and babies.

Vicki Avramidis - post author

Dr Avramidis graduated from a Masters in Osteopathy in 2005 and since has expanded her skills to incorporate cranial Osteopathy, balanced ligamentous tension and Dry needling.

Vicki specialises in the treatment of women and children with particular interests in pregnancy and babies. Her caring nature and interest makes vicki an obvious choice for patients who want professional yet personal care.