There are many hormonal, fluid and mechanical changes that occur during pregnancy. This is to allow for an expanding uterus and the subsequent growth and wellbeing of your baby. All your bodily systems undergo changes during pregnancy, including the musculoskeletal system. The hormonal changes cause the ligaments and muscles in your pelvis, lower back and hip to soften so they are more fluid and more easily stretched. It is common for women to get lower back and pelvic pain in pregnancy as a consequence of this, particularly in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters. It is also common for women to get neck, shoulder and upper back pain due to postural changes and growing breast tissue.
Osteopathy in pregnancy will help to support your rapidly changing structure and help to relieve tensions to the spine, pelvis, shoulders and hip girdles, allowing the body to adapt more comfortably to these changes.