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:
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.
– 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
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.