Prenatal Care and How Osteopathy Can Help

By Clara Yan, D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O

Hey Soon-To-Be-Moms!

Do you experience back pain? Do you feel the pelvis gets locked up from time to time? Do you feel increased pressure in your pelvis? Does it feel like your organs are being squished- like it’s becoming increasingly difficult to breathe deeply?

Let me explain to you how Osteopathy can help you out. The body functions as one unit. As one area of the body changes, the rest of the body will learn to adapt. Dr. Andrew Taylor Still believed that “our body systems depend upon one another to function, and that maintenance of the body in its proper alignment improves the body’s function and its ability to maintain health” (Tasker, 1916). This philosophy does not change when a woman becomes pregnant. In fact, this philosophy becomes more apparent at that time.

During pregnancy, the surrounding organs and structures will need to make room for the growing fetus. As the baby grows over the next 9 months, mum releases different hormones in order to accommodate for it. These hormones then change the structure of the lower back and pelvis potentially causing discomfort and pain down the legs or even in the lower back. Along with structural pain, digestive issues may also occur. The organs such as your liver, stomach, and intestines are pushed aside as the uterus continues to grow. Pre-natal treatment is essential. Some of these pains are difficult to ignore and difficult to live with.

An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner can help with all aspects along the way. As soon as a woman has pain, adaptations within the body occur. Once the adaptations occur, there will be different pulls and pressures put on or through areas that should not be carrying any weight. Seeking out an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner to help alleviate pain in the lumbar and pelvic region, on the spine or even the organs to help alleviate these pains and to decrease labour time (Hart, 1918). After all, this should be one of the most magical times of your life. Don’t let the pain hinder that. Come on in for an Osteopathic treatment today!

Tasker DL. Principles of Osteopathy. Los Angeles, CA: Bireley & Elson; 1916:25.
Hart LM. Obstetrical practice. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 1918:609-614.