--- Pregnancy & Babies ---
All kinds of challenges can crop up in pregnancy. Normal everyday strains and injuries can occur, as your body expands over the course of only a few months. Your body posture changes signifcantly during pregnancy too. As the baby grows inside you, your lower back takes more of the extra weight, often leading to lower back pain and upper back tightness. In the later stages as your hips prepare for birth you can get discomfort around that area as well. These are just some of the normal pregnancy issues that are often very responsive to osteopathic treatment. Not only do we want to reduce your pain and discomfort, but we want these areas of your body to work as well as possible for your upcoming birth. You don't really need to accept any extra pain heading into your time of labour!
These same areas of your body (especially your lower back and pelvis) form the birth passage, and it is important that they move as freely as possible to give your baby space to descend. Having some osteopathic treatment to align your pelvis before you go into labour can be helpful for both of you during the birth. Your baby is designed to go through the normal but very strong pressures of being born and in an ideal world, they (and you) would pop back into their most comfortable and physically relaxed state after this journey. The reality is this doesn't always happen. Sometimes babies have areas of tightness from their in-utero position, and sometimes from the way in which they birthed.
What seems like a 'good' birth, such as a relatively fast one, may in fact be more challenging for your baby than a long slow birth which could of course be more challenging for you. This is why we do recommend an osteopathic treatment and check up for your baby, even if the birth went well and your baby seems settled. Small strains at birth tend to become more noticeable as they grow, and gentle treatment when they are very little can often prevent some minor strains developing into larger problems.