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Pregnancy Physiotherapy

Pregnancy physiotherapy can provide fantastic pain relief. You pregnancy physiotherapist will and know exactly where the problems are. After a detailed assessment, treatment may involve manipulation, K tape, soft tissue massage and provide exercises to strengthen your back. Treatment can provide tremendous relief. Throughout pregnancy your body will go through a huge amount of change. Your spine, pelvis, ligaments and muscles change dramatically to accommodate a growing baby. These changes can place additional pressure on your joints and muscles of your spine and pelvis. Feel free to contact us us for further information. Alternatively if our phone lines are busy why not try our easy to use  online diary

A hormone called relaxin

Pregnancy simply speeds up postural changes and the body has to work overtime to adapt. Even in the last trimester the changes in weight and posture can be quite dramatic. From a Physiotherapy point of view, deeper more structural changes are important. The softening of pelvic ligaments (to enable the baby to be delivered through the pelvis) caused by a hormone called Relaxin can alter the stability of the whole body. The position of the growing baby may lead to pain and discomfort in the spine and pelvis. Physiotherapy treatment aims to improve your body’s ability to change (compensate) and adapt during pregnancy. The aim of Physiotherapy during pregnancy is to support you and your baby with the minimum pain and discomfort.


Symphysis pubis dysfunction

One in five women suffer from SPD during pregnancy. Your physiotherapist will teach you some exercises for  SPD  (Symphysis pubis dysfunction). They will also provide suggestions on how to avoid irritating the joints. Advice such as using short strides when walking. They may also suggested sitting on a birthing ball. Paracetamol (if allowed) and hot water bottles can also help your discomfort. Support belts such as the Serola Maternity Support Belt.

Serola Maternity support belt


Practical SPD advice from your physiotherapist

erola Maternity Support Belt can really help with pelvic pain during pregnacy
  • Try not to sit in a car or drive if at all possible
  • Don’t sit cross legged
  • Osteopathy can really help
  • Ask for help. People really don’t mind
  • Then relax about accepting as much help as possible. Please don’t make your pain worse 
  • Use the internet, husband, kids, mum, friends especially when getting things,
  • Try not to carrying things,
  • Try to get extra help when getting up. Or stay in a comfortable position in bed!
  • Online shopping can be a god send.
  • Avoiding using shopping baskets and trolleys,
  • Opening doors as these can make it much worse.
  • Have physiotherapy or osteopathic treatment quickly


Pregnancy physiotherapy can help enormously before, during and after pregnancy. 

Pregnancy physiotherapy is safe and gentle

Pregnancy physiotherapy is both safe and gentle. Both mother and the baby will respond well to treatment. We only experienced Physiotherapists who have undertaken post graduate training. Physiotherapy treatments used during pregnancy are gentle and carefully applied. Our Physiotherapy is gentle and your comfort is paramount. The mother and baby’s wellbeing is always taken into consideration. Your Physiotherapy treatment is carefully considered and individually designed to suit each mother. 

Lets make it easy on you

It’s important to us that you are very comfortable. We use specially designed and pillows and cushions for your comfort. Some patients like to lie on their front for certain physiotherapy techniques. The Physiotherapist is trained to know if you’re comfortable in certain positions (or at least to ask). Please feel free to let us know if you are worried or of course even slightly uncomfortable.

Pregnancy physiotherapy at the Hatfield Practice. Safe and relaxing

Pregnancy physiotherapy at the Hatfield Practice

Physiotherapy Aims to Soothe and Ease Away Pains  

Pregnancy physiotherapy aims to strengthen and stabilise problematic areas during pregnancy. Physiotherapy aims to educate and inform through patient discussion. Hands on Physiotherapy treatment aims to soothe and ease away pains that seem to change day by day. Physiotherapy treatments aim to normalise your body so that it works as effectively as possible. Treatments during pregnancy are no different. We aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses. Pregnancy physiotherapy treatment achieves this by using experienced Physiotherapists who use gentle, safe and effective treatments. We are always aware of you, your baby and how you feel.

Physiotherapy Your Pelvis and Baby

During the delivery of your baby many factors can affect the passage of the baby through the pelvis. In some women, the  pelvis is naturally asymmetrical or twisted out of line. This twisting can be due to many factors. This rigidity can interfere with the baby’s delivery through the birth canal and is the complete opposite of being hyper-mobile due to the hormone Relaxin. Physiotherapy treatment can help improve your spinal function and to mobilise your spine and pelvis in order to align your body.  Pregnancy physiotherapy is great for improving  pelvis and lower back mechanics. It’s helpful that the spine and pelvis is in the best possible position with as little torsion and restriction as possible.


Pregnancy physiotherapy after your baby is born?

Depending on the type of labour experienced during childbirth, women can have a wide range of issues after your baby is born.  Pregnancy physiotherapy treatment can help to restore you back to balance after the babies birth. During pregnancy the body is pushed backwards into an extended position which shortens and tightens muscles. Physiotherapy treatment will educate your muscles helping to take away any pain and discomfort. Pregnancy physiotherapy can help to release the habits that the last nine months have formed. We will  along your spine and pelvis. With a new baby life can change dramatically during the first year. They grow so quickly and getting the balance right between your wellbeing and the baby’s care is important to us. Our Hatfield Physiotherapy can also help ongoing back, muscle and joint problems. 

Breast feeding

Physiotherapy treatment can also help with aches and pains associated with poor breast-feeding posture (men as using bottles. Well, you will be surprised !). Baby grows very fast so lifting car seats can be hard. Prams seem to be getting heavier and heavier and of course carrying baby and bending over the cot. Overall, postnatal Physiotherapy can help with long term preventative care, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new baby.