Is osteopathy during pregnancy safe?
Above all, you want is best for your unborn child. At the same time, you need to make sure you are looking after yourself.
So what are the pros and cons? And is it ok to continue or start osteopathy treatments?
We believe it is. But let’s take a closer look.
Some dos and don’ts during pregnancy
There are some clear dos and don’ts during pregnancy. Some quite obvious such as abstaining from drinking or smoking.
But some are lesser-known. For example, many people are unaware that too much vitamin A can interfere with the baby’s development. And that it is wise to cut down on liver or liver products. And it is best to avoid high dose vitamin supplements.
However, other areas are not so black and white. Take exercise for example. It is good to stay active during pregnancy. But exercise must be done within safe parameters.
It is recommended that most healthy mothers-to-be would benefit from about 150 minutes of mild aerobic exercise a week. Conversely, there are certain activities and conditions that can cause red flags. For instance, generating excessive body heat by exercising in humid conditions.
So it is all somewhat of a minefield. And that’s why we would like to put your mind at rest when it comes to osteopathy.
How osteopathy during pregnancy can help
Of course, pregnancy brings about quite a radical change to your posture. It’s probably the biggest postural change you will experience in your lifetime.
Not only that, but your posture can change several times as the fetus grows. This can play havoc with your joints. And can lead to a number of associated aches and pains.
A good osteopath will help you deal with these challenges. They incorporate a number of subtle techniques to maintain stability and integrity within joints. And one of the keys is to help you make subtle changes to how the pelvis sits. The pelvis is so integral to maintaining a semblance of good posture.
Furthermore, osteopathy during pregnancy can help you get rid of many related aches and pains. Unsurprisingly, the neck, back, and hips can all take a lot of strain whilst you are pregnant.
Helping to relieve these issues can help you, not only physically, but emotionally too. And that, in turn, can have a positive effect on the unborn child.
In addition, osteopathy can help tackle other unwanted symptoms during pregnancy. A professional osteopath can help with issues such as nausea or heartburn.
Osteopathy can certainly be beneficial during pregnancy. Rest assured, the techniques used are applied in a gentle, safe and non-invasive way.
Also, there is a great deal an osteopath can offer in terms of advice on stretching and exercising. These can be super beneficial for relieving tension throughout the week.
Of course, I’m sure there is plenty more you would like to know about how it all works. Call us, visit us, or book an appointment. We’ll be happy to help.