Pregnancy should make the health bloom, but this is not every mother’s experience; exhaustion and back pain are common responses to the changing hormones and physical shape. During the first trimester, for many mothers, their underlying exhaustion is exacerbated by the changing hormones, this is an opportunity to recharge their batteries and prepare for being a mother.
As the body shape changes, and the hormone Relaxin loosens the ligaments, postural issues can occur, leading to back pain, sciatica or problems with the Symphysis Pubis at the front of the pelvis. These can be made worse by poor posture, being sat in front of a computer, or lifting something heavy.
During the third Trimester, if not corrected, these problems can be further exacerbated by the increasing size of the baby, which starts to put a strain on not just the muscles of the back and stomach but the pelvic floor and diaphragm. The changes in posture can even lead to neck discomfort.
We work and give advice at every stage of pregnancy to keep mothers comfortable, prepare them for labour and keep their child safe. We can also help them following birth to heal and return their bodies to their pre-pregnant state.