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Osteopathy and Pregnancy: Before and After Birth


Pregnancy is a time of wonder and excitement for all you expectant Mums, and it can also be one of great discomfort. Your body goes through a great physical and hormonal transformation to support your ever changing, and growing baby bump – your centre of gravity is pushed forward, and your ligaments soften. This can increase the mechanical stresses on the muscles, ligaments and joints especially around your lower back and pelvis resulting in pain or discomfort.

At Middle Park Osteopathic Clinic we love treating pregnant bellies!! Our Osteopaths are here to help you navigate your pregnancy and birth with as little pain & discomfort as possible, to prevent and/or manage all those conditions that are common to pregnancy, birth and beyond!

You may experience:

• Lower back pain

• Pelvic girdle pain and sciatica (pain down the leg/s)

• Aching legs or feet

• Numbness and tingling in the hands

• Neck, shoulder or middle back pain

• Shortness of breath

• Poor sleep

• Headaches

• Pelvic Instability Syndrome

• Sacro-iliac joint pain (SIJ pain)

• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

• Pelvic floor weakness or incontinence

• Mastitis

Is it safe to have osteopathic treatment during pregnancy?

Absolutely! In fact you should be receiving osteopathic treatment during pregnancy, to maximise your body’s ability to adapt to the changing demands on your body, ensure good pelvic alignment and mobility, and contribute to a successful birth and healthy baby.

The powerful and physically demanding nature of birth, also has an enormous effect on your baby. The stresses and forces on an infant’s body in-utero and during birth can result in strains of their soft and immature musculoskeletal system. This may affect your baby’s sleeping, eating, and movement. Our osteopaths at Middle Park Osteopathic Clinic specialise in newborn osteopathy and use gentle and effective techniques to help address any issues your baby may have.

These may include:

• Irritability and difficulty sleeping

• Excessive crying, restlessness, inability to settle

• Feeding difficulties in latching or suckling

• Colic, reflux or digestive problems

• Asymmetry in head shape

• Musculoskeletal and postural imbalances

• Movement difficulties transitioning to rolling, crawling, walking etc.

For further information please visit our website: or to speak to one of our practitioners, please call the clinic on 9908 2844.

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