Pains during pregnancy are very common, and in someways not that surprising.
While pregnant, your body releases a 'cocktail' of hormones which aid the healthy development of the baby, but also of your body to accommodate the growth of the baby and prepare for birth.
One of the hormones released - progesterone - causes ligaments throughout your body to become more lax.
As pregnancy further progresses, the weight distribution of your body alters so more weight is carried in the front, in form of the baby bump.
These two factors combined - lax ligaments and constantly modified body shape - lead to an increase in pressure on your joints and also on your stabilising muscles.
Often, the stresses of pregnancy can exacerbate long-standing issues.
With this in mind, it is often better to seek help preventively, and to try and avoid problems before they occur as opposed to treating them as they arise.
As osteopaths, we try to relieve the overworked muscles and encourage the body to keep adapting in healthy ways.
We work to restore balance within the joints so that the laxity of the ligaments places less of an influence. We aim to combine our work in the treatment room with simple exercises at home to help avoid discomfort and issues further along your pregnancy.
Common complaints in pregnancy we regularly see are:
Symphysis pubis dysfunction
Lower back pain
Costal margin (rib) pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Pelvic floor pain and weakness
Pelvic pain syndrome
Lateral hip pain/bursitis