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Common questions about Pregnancy & Osteopathy

Updated: Oct 11, 2023

Yes, you can see an osteopath while pregnant. At The Osteopathic Pelvic Hub, our osteopaths have completed further studies in the field of pregnancy and are equipped to provide expert pregnancy care. Osteopathy can be helpful during pregnancy for various pregnancy-related aches and pains, including back and pelvic girdle pain, carpal tunnel, light bladder leakage, headaches, hip pain, and round ligament pain.

Research has shown that pregnant patients who receive osteopathic treatment throughout their pregnancy experienced benefits such as a reduction in pain intensity during birth, a shorter labor duration, and a decrease in episiotomies.

Our team at The Osteopathic Pelvic Hub provides the best pregnancy care in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs within the Bayside community. They have experience and a reputation for treating pregnant patients from all over Melbourne and Victoria.

Osteopaths can also provide postpartum treatment, assisting new mothers with issues such as pelvic floor assessment and treatment, coccyx pain, wrist pain, upper back pain associated with feeding, scar treatment, mastitis manual treatment, diastasis recti treatment, prolapse treatment, and return to running and exercise post-baby.

Pregnant patients experiencing sciatica can find relief through osteopathic treatment. Osteopaths can address various conditions during pregnancy, including lower back pain, pelvic girdle pain, round ligament pain, diastasis recti (abdominal separations), light bladder leakage, rib pain, pubic bone pain (pubic symphysis dysfunction), wrist pain and swelling, mid-back and neck pain, foot pain and swelling, and headaches and neck pain.

Osteopaths can also help prepare pregnant patients for birth, providing education on breathing techniques, active birth positions, and other methods to create space within the pelvis. Osteopaths may collaborate with a pregnant patient's medical team, including midwives, obstetricians, doulas, and other healthcare professionals.

Pelvic floor therapy is also available during pregnancy, and osteopaths with pelvic floor specialization can assist with preparing the pelvic floor for birth, addressing light bladder leakage, pelvic girdle, lower back, and pelvic pain associated with pelvic floor dysfunction during pregnancy.

Pregnant patients can benefit from seeing a pelvic floor trained osteopath even without specific concerns, as learning to connect with and contract the pelvic floor properly can facilitate a faster and better recovery after birth.

Abdominal separation (diastasis recti) is a normal occurrence during pregnancy, estimated to affect up to 100% of pregnant patients by the third trimester. Osteopaths specifically trained in treating and rehabilitating abdominal separation can provide education on breathing and movement strategies to minimize its impact on the core system, pelvic floor, and lower back.


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