By Robin Holland
Pregnancy is an exciting journey, but it can take a toll on your body. As the baby grows, your posture and balance change and the pressure on your abdomen and pelvic floor increase. Your body releases the hormone relaxin, which allows your ligaments to stretch to accommodate the growing baby and allows you to give birth. However, relaxin can also affect muscles, tendons and ligaments throughout the body. After giving birth, it can take several months, even over a year, for the body to fully recover. Musculoskeletal problems are common in all women during and after pregnancy, including:
- Pelvic floor weakness
- Back and hip pain
- Pelvic girdle pain
- Muscle and ligament strains
- Postural problems
- Separation of the abdominal muscles
The good news is there’s a lot that can be done to treat these pregnancy related discomforts and even prevent them from arising in the first place. Every pregnancy is different, so a thorough, individualised assessment is important to identify problem areas. Based on your assessment, we can create a treatment program to relieve pain and discomfort and help you to have the most comfortable pregnancy and post-natal recovery possible.
During the Covid 19 lockdown we can offer a thorough assessment by skype and a comprehensive range of advice and exercises including postural advice and management, exercise therapy and pelvic floor strengthening. Once face to face appointments are re-established we may go on to offer massage or joint mobilisations to further assist you.