Osteopathy for Pregnant Women

During pregnancy, the body of the woman undergoes many transformations. The spine arches more, the sacrum changes position, the ligaments of the pelvis and the muscles of the perineum are put in tension, the organs are repressed by the baby which takes more and more place … The set of these physical modifications requires good mobility of bone, muscle and ligament structures of the pelvis and back but also the digestive organs, genital and diaphragm. The presence of dysfunctions or « blockages » within this lumbo-pelvic system can lead to « blockages » or pain that disturbs pregnancy and can complicate childbirth.

Indeed, as pregnancy progresses, the uterus rises more and more into the abdominal cavity, which will exert pressure on the organs of the abdomen and the pelvis, cause a separation of the ribs and an enlargement. pelvis that will cause intercostal pain, acid reflux, shortness of breath and tension in the back. The increase in the size of the mother’s stomach will stretch and weaken the abdominal muscles, which will result in a camber in the lower back causing pain, as well as sciatica. Weight gain during your 9 months of pregnancy will tend to flatten the arches, which will change the way you walk and cause pain in the knees, hips and pelvis, and a sensation heavy legs.

Osteopathy for pregnant women is therefore perfectly adapted, it is a manual therapy that requires no medication. Your osteopath will use gentle and appropriate techniques for you and your future baby.

« The mother-to-be changes throughout the pregnancy, her body and posture change. All of these changes can affect the progress of pregnancy and childbirth. « 

For pregnant women, it is advisable to consult every 2 to 3 months, to monitor the constant changes and adaptations of the body that can cause pain. In the same way, it will optimally prepare the childbirth and allow you to have the most fulfilling pregnancy possible. Similarly, following childbirth, it is recommended to perform a postpartum assessment to ensure the integrity of the lumbo-pelvic structures that are often disturbed by pregnancy and childbirth. This assessment makes it possible to prepare the pelvis and perineum for future pelvic reeducation sessions. This will lead to better results and often faster.

Here are some signs to see an osteopath during pregnancy

  • Prevention: Follow-up of the pregnancy during the three trimesters, preparation of the delivery …
  • Back pain: lumbago, sciatica, cruralgia, back pain and neck pain …
  • Pelvic pain, tension, sacralgia, coccygodynia …
  • Abdominal pain, constipation, bloating, nausea and vomiting, diaphragm contractures …
  • Chest and intercostal pains …
  • Anxiety, fatigue, oppression, sleep disorders, depression or depression (baby blues) …
  • Headaches and some vertigo
  • Circulatory disorders (phlebitis, heavy legs, water retention, edema …)

Here are some signs that lead to postpartum consultation (postpartum):

  • Prevention: postpartum assessment, preparation for perineal reeducation …
  • Lumbar and pelvic pain (sacrum, coccyx and perineum), dorsal and cervical …
  • Functional urinary incontinence and anal incontinence
  • Pain during sex
  • Cesarean and epidural (scar work)
  • Baby blues, anxiety, depression, tiredness …

The osteopath acts in addition to the gynecologist and the obstetrician. Osteopathy can also be recommended in cases of desire for pregnancy, in the face of functional infertility without apparent causes. The practitioner will ensure the proper mobility of the pelvis and spine as well as the organic structures (uterus, ovaries and trunk), vascular and nerve that are necessary and conducive to fertilization.