Osteopathy can help pregnant mothers adapt to the postural changes involved in pregnancy and prepare for the delivery of their baby. A pelvis that is free to move is one that a baby will find much more comfortable to lie within and easier to pass through.
Sciatica, trapped nerves, rib pain, sacro-iliac joint and pubic symphisis problems are all relatively common during pregnancy because of the fast changing demands on the body; all of these are readily treated with osteopathy. Heartburn and shortness of breath can also be eased by working on the centre back and diaphragm areas.
All our osteopaths are experienced in treating pregnant women, however may vary in which techniques they use during the treatment. For further advice it is best to speak with one of them by calling reception.
Homeopathy Pregnancy is a wonderful time to discover homeopathy if you have never used it before, or become further acquainted if you already are familiar with it. Being the gentle therapy it is, homeopathic remedies can be used safely throughout pregnancy.
Homeopathy can be used to help with morning sickness, cramps, swelling and all the other symptoms that can occur during pregnancy.
During childbirth again remedies can help throughout labour and birth and can also be very good postnatally to help with maternal healing.
Pregnancy Massage can help to reduce physical discomfort, promote relaxation and help with stress, anxiety and insomnia that can be experienced during pregnancy.
Hypnobirthing is a natural childbirth programme which teaches simple and highly effective birth positions, movement, relaxation, breathing and self-hypnosis techniques.
Alexander Technique Learning the Alexander Technique can help you to prevent or alleviate conditions associated with undue tension or poor posture. These include many difficulties with movement, joint and muscle problems, breathing disorders, and stress-related conditions. It can help provide support during pregnancy and preparation for childbirth.
Yoga for pregnancy classes Classes are currently held on Saturdays at 9.30am and 11am and Sundays at 9.30am and last for 75 minutes.
Antenatal Pilates Gina Leung runs these classes on a Friday at 5.45.
Breastfeeding Workshops run by Maria Yasnova for expectant parents to get comfortable with breastfeeding.
Reflexology Pregnancy is a time of change. It becomes most noticeable on a physical level, but often first affects all women on emotional and spiritual levels too. You may feel comfortable and healthy in your evolving body, balanced and calm in your mind. Or you may feel uneasy with your changing shape, finding the “minor ailments of pregnancy” intolerable and feel at the mercy of your hormones. However you are feeling during pregnancy, reflexology is particularly suitable during this time and is suitable, in most cases, from the first months after conception, right through your pregnancy, childbirth and beyond.
Reflexology can be beneficial for: Pregnancy sickness and nausea, digestive problems e.g. constipation, diarrhoea, heartburn; boosting energy levels; back and hip discomfort; sciatica; swelling and puffiness; malpositioning of babies i.e. helping turn posterior (back-to-back), breech or transverse-lying babies; overdue babies, often avoiding the need for chemical induction.
Postnatally, reflexology can help rebalance your hormonal system and deal with postnatal problems such as digestive imbalances, fatigue and emotional adjustment.