Early stages of pregnancy are often associated with nausea, morning sickness, headache, fatigue and dizziness. As you reach the second trimester, the extra weight of the growing uterus creates a shift in the body’s centre of gravity. This extra weight gain and hormonally controlled ligamentous laxity can cause generalised back pain, sciatica from pressure on the sciatic nerve and pubic symphysis or sacroiliac joint pain from instability. Underlying scoliosis or structural asymmetries from trauma, previous pregnancies or congenital deformities can contribute to pain or a compromised uterine environment for the developing fetus.
Post pregnancy some women experience back pain or begin to suffer menstrual pain. These symptoms can be caused by ligamentous laxity and muscular weakness. Another common complaint in breastfeeding mothers is mid and upper back pain from postural strain. Post pregnancy treatment at bulb includes advice on breast feeding and sleeping posture and strengthening exercises for your pelvic floor and abdominal stabilising muscles.
The goal of osteopathic treatment for pregnant women here at bulb is to maximize your body’s ability to adjust and compensate for the changes associated with pregnancy as efficiently as possible.