Pregnancy and labour can really take its toll on your body. Your posture has had to gradually adapt for several months to your growing uterus, and then suddenly, it must be readapt when your baby is born. It’s little wonder that new mums often complain of back, neck, shoulder or pelvic pain!
Pregnancy hormones also continue to affect your muscles and ligaments for around 6 months after birth, making them more lax, which places pressure and increased risks of injury on the joints, ligaments and discs of the lower back and other parts of your body.
And of course, now that you are a new mum, new activities such as feeding and carrying your baby will put additional strain on your body.
So how can Osteopathy help?
Osteopathic treatment is extremely gentle and works by relieving postural strains resulting from long hours spent carrying and feeding your baby as well as repetitive movements such as lifting your baby. Osteopathy will also make the day-to-day demands of motherhood much easier for you.
When should you see your Osteopath?
If you had a difficult delivery, we would suggest you see an osteopath as soon as is comfortable for you as treatment will speed recovery and prevent future problems.
For example, the use of instruments, such as ventouse and forceps, can leave strains in pelvic tissues and alter the position of the uterus and bladder.
The sooner you are treated, the fewer tensions can set in, and the less pain will appear.
Even if you had an uncomplicated delivery, a post-natal check-up four to six weeks is highly recommended to assess your alignment and make sure everything is back in the normal position and moving well.
It is important to take care of yourself. Because if you are well, this can only be beneficial for your baby.
We now offer mum and baby checks here at Cork Children’s Clinic with Osteopath Sacha Bucchieri. You can book an appointment by calling us on 021 4348918 or perhaps book online below.
Did you know we also have online courses for new parents? As a new parent it can sometimes feel overwhelming and we believe the more information you have, the sooner you can solve any issues your baby may have.
Your Newborn Baby is a course about the common issues we see in babies at our clinic. We look at delivery, flat head, torticollis, colic, reflux, allergy and so much more.
Baby Reflux – A New Approach is specifically for parents of reflux babies. It will help you identify and treat the cause of your baby’s reflux and explain how best to treat the reflux symptoms your baby may have.
For more information about our courses click the button below.