Fill in the blank: Being pregnant makes me feel ____________? The term emotional rollercoaster may never be more applicable than the nine months when baba is taking up room in your uterus. All the excitement and nerves as your pregnancy progresses! All the physical and emotional changes … AND you have more hormones floating around than you can shake a stick at … so an aching back or leg pain are perhaps not so welcome!
So what’s the deal? Your body undergoes many amazing changes during pregnancy, the most obvious being a growing abdomen. Your lovely bump is causing a downward, forward pull on your lower back. This causes the curve in your low back to increase, adding to changes your overall posture, the way you walk and your centre of gravity too.
All these changes can often lead to different physical stresses and tension throughout your body … aches and pains may start to appear. Issues such as sciatica, low back pain, tailbone pain, headaches to name just a few.
Plus, as you near your due date your body releases a hormone called relaxin, which helps loosen ligaments. This may highlight an already existing back issue that was there before baba even came on the scene! Eeep!
Many expectant mothers with aches and pains seek help to see if care can help them. On your first visit, we go through a thorough and pregnancy specific consultation to assess whether hands-on therapy is right for your particular issue.
… couldn’t have got by my weeks in pregnancy if it wasn’t for this amazing lady … felt comfortable all the time… saw Treasa all during and up to a few weeks before my lil lady arrived
Ann Buckley – November 2018
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Having a check-up even if you don’t experience any aches or pains can be very beneficial. With all the changes, as well as the baby growing, maintaining a healthy structural balance is important. Ensuring your pelvis and spine is balanced and functioning optimally can be beneficial.
A well-balanced body can also help reduce labour time, incidence of intervention and recovery time for the mum. Treatments for pregnant women are gentle, very safe and extremely effective.
With over ten years of experience, I have found so many times the simple things can make a big difference!
For example, if you are pregnant and getting pelvic pain (this could be hip, groin, pubic or tailbone area), make sure when you are getting in and out of the car to keep your legs and knees together.
Think of it as a pivot style movement.
This is a more aligned position and movement.
The pregnancy pillow can be a great addition to your pregnancy related resources. There are so many options out there for pregnancy pillows … some companies offer natural fabrics and materials that are hypoallergenic. Wool can help regulate your body temperature, so you won’t feel too hot or too cold. Hopefully, allowing you to sleep longer and better. Check out this companies U-shaped or C-shaped pillow. If you find another company you prefer … go for it … this is just an example!
If despite your best efforts, your aches and pains are not abating or maybe even getting worse, I would suggest you consider seeking support. So many women are lead to believe their aches are all part of pregnancy. However, gentle, low force, hands-on therapy at Natural Back Health can help bring about healing and relief. I will support your recovery out of pain, allowing you to enjoy a happy, healthy and comfortable pregnancy.
I have a whole health and body philosophy to my treatments. My plan of care generally includes tailored advice on stress management, nutrition, exercise, sleep and in-house gentle manual therapy. If you have any further questions on this topic or wish to book your visit, contact the clinic today on 087 1815007 or here.
For more information and advice I will be holding a 90 minute workshop on Saturday 5th September 2020 10.30-12.00.
This talk will touch upon some of the health issues (back ache, shoulder pain, headaches, foot pain, swollen legs) that arise during pregnancy and how to naturally support and nourish your body and baby. Learn more here.
Hopefully you find the general information in this blog informative and helpful, however it is not intended to replace medical advice and should not be used as such.
Appointment times are flexible with late evening availability at the Cork street clinic. The last consultation time for new clients is 19.30. The last regular care appointment is 20.00.