Osteopathy during pregnancy:

I spent the first 10 years of my osteopathic career specialising in treating expectant mums during their pregnancy. Osteopathy during pregnancy is perfectly safe if by a trained professional. Osteopathy has never been known to cause a miscarriage, it usually a patient’s choice to wait till 12 weeks to have any treatment, however it is not a rule.

During your pregnancy your body goes through three major postural changes and each postural change leads to strains on your body, from your neck to your pelvis. These postural changes happen from early in pregnancy and for some mums’ as early at 12 weeks, most commonly around 20 weeks is the first signs of pelvic discomfort, but everybody is different and has different experiences.

  • Please remember that just because you are pregnant; this does not mean nine months in pain

Some of the more common pregnancy related aches and pains I have
treated are:

  • Pubic Symphysis Pain / Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction (SPD) – which is pain low down around the front of your pelvis (pubic bone).
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain / Sacroiliac Joint Pian (SIJ pain) – pain around the lower back, the pain is often on one side and described as being in the back of the hip.
  • Rib pain / Costochondritis – can be left or right lower ribs. Incredibly uncomfortable especially when sitting.
  • Pain in the upper back and neck – usually increasing breast size, for breastfeeding.

Acupuncture to help induce labour:

I also offer acupuncture to help induce your labour if baby overstays it’s welcome.
Acupuncture is safe from 36 weeks, however when I use acupuncture to help induce labour I suggest waiting 3 or 4 days after your due date as this has been a more successful window of opportunity in my experience. I suggest two sessions, 12 to 24 hours apart to allow the stimulation to build from one session to another.
Acupuncture to induce labour has been used for many, many years and is a proven technique – however it will still be up to baby if it works, all I do is offer a “helping hand”.

The acupuncture is pain free and none of the needles should ever cause any pain – not the case of “more pain more gain” in this situation. The technique involves needles placed in your shoulders, hands, inner calf, outside ankle and lower back (no needles in your tummy).