Expecting

How can we help?

Osteopathy, Acupuncture and Naturopathy can all help mum and bubs, both inside and outside the womb.

 

Please note, only some of our Osteopath's treat infants, but all our therapists are skilled at treating expecting mothers.

 
Pregnant Belly

Naturopathy for Pregnancy

Pre-Natal

  • Clinical health assessment to ensure mum-to-be is in optimal health for conception and child bearing. 

  • Treatment of any health conditions prior to conception.

  • Nutritional & herbal support for a healthy cycle, ovulation, conception, mental health and a growing baby.

Pregnancy

  • Nutritional support to aid added demands on the mother and baby, especially for those on restricted diets such as vegan.

  • Natural treatment for pregnancy related conditions: anaemia, gestational diabetes, depression and anxiety, infections, preeclampsia, fatigue, insomnia, reflux, digestive disturbances, aches and pains. *Can work alongside medications if necessary.

Birth

  • Safe herbal preparations known as ‘partus preparator’ herbs help to tone the uterus, soften and tone the cervix, and support emotional wellbeing ready for labour.

Post Natal

  • Herbal medicines and nutrition to support healthy milk production/help increase lactation, support for postnatal depression/anxiety and speed up the healing processes within the body for faster physical recovery from birth.

Infant

  • Dietary advice for reducing colic/reflux in baby.

  • Treating health concerns with baby (alongside medication if necessary). These may include: Infections, nappy rash, colds, fevers, digestive problems, anaemia, skin conditions, thrush.

 
 
Osteopathy for Babies and Infants

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for infants and babies. Osteopaths use a range of gentle techniques including cranial therapy. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle and non-manipulative. They are often used when treating young children and infants. We work under the principle that there may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate not only the area which is producing the symptoms, but also associated areas that may be contributing to the issue.

 

Infants & Babies

Reflux, colic, plagiocephaly & torticollis, latching difficulties, irritability, breech babies, sleeping difficulty, postural control, overlapped cranial bones, scoliosis, shoulder dystocia, hip dysplasia, 

 

There is no age limit to treating newborns, if necessary I am able to treat them even when they are only a few days old.  

 

Treatment of Newborns / Infants & Babies often consists of also educating the parents around holding, feeding, and stimulation to aid their child’s recovery and future development.  

Fiona and Cedric can treat infants and babies under the age of 5.

Osteopathy for Pregnancy

Pregnancy

  • Restore/maintain balance particularly around the pelvis as the body adjusts to grow the baby.

 

  • Create space, particularly around positioning of the baby, to help it move into better positions where possible.

 

  • Improve thoracic mobility and ribcage space/mobility to improve comfort and make breathing easier.

 

  • Diagnosis and treatment of symptoms of thoracic outlet, carpal tunnel etc – additional complications that are common in pregnancy.

 

  • Being an additional support person and being able to work alongside midwifery, doula, acupuncture, naturopathy and pilates.

  • Education on types of exercises to be doing through each stage of pregnancy.

  • Monitoring blood pressure.

  • Working with breathing and creating awareness around the nervous systems as well as addressing them through treatment.

 

Post-natal

  • Dealing with the musculoskeletal component of feeding, holding for periods of time, lifting capsule etc and giving advice (where possible) on how best to approach these repetitive activities.

  • Advice on exercise post birth – when to begin and what to do.

  • Addressing the pelvic floor through treatment and exercises.

  • Consideration of the hormones that still circulate in the months following and what effect this has on recovery, especially around the pelvis, but also on the other joints that can become ‘lax’.

 

  • Often treating people for longer than after the standard 6 week midwife discharge and so monitoring mental health, and referral if necessary.

 

Note: for the appointments sometimes it will be just the mum, sometimes they bring a support person to help look after the baby, sometimes they just bring the baby – it is not always possible to come alone and regardless of the situation we make it work.

 

Pre-Pregnancy

  • Hormonal balance (PMS, period pain, fertility)

 

During Pregnancy

  • Morning sickness

  • Emotional and hormonal balance

  • Low back pain, other muscle pain

  • Digestive issues

  • Fatigue

 

Moxibustion for safe and easy delivery (around 15w-)
Induction of smooth labour (37w-)
Treatment for breech baby (28w-34w)

 

Post Pregnancy

  • Fatigue

  • Smooth breast feeding (prevention of mastitis)

  • Stiffness and pain of the body and tendons

  • Emotional balance

  • Pelvic Alignment : around 20w post pregnancy

  • Gentle manipulation to the muscles around the pelvic area.

  • Approaches to adjust and improve the function of the muscles affected by the pregnancy.

  • Reduces pelvic/back/hip pain.

  • Maintains good posture and prevents unnecessary tiredness.

Pre-Natal

  • We can support Fertility treatment, Helen has experience of support BBT and IVF and other factors that commonly affects fertility.

Pregnancy

  • 1st Trimester Acupuncture treatment can offer support for pregnancy symptoms from the 1st Trimester.

    • Morning sickness (nausea), digestive symptoms, hypersensitive smells, autonomic nervous system disorder, mood-swings.

    • There is no problem with acupuncture and moxibustion treatment from the 1st trimester. But generally we recommend start Acupuncture treatment from 2nd trimester. 

  • 2nd Trimester Pregnant women start to feel various physical symptoms from 2nd Trimester to end of 3rd trimester. Our Acupuncturists can help with these symptoms: 

    • Headache, migraine. neck and shoulder pain, shoulder blade pain, middle back pain, hip joints and knee pain, tenosynovitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Sciatica (peripheral neuropathy), various digestive symptoms, gestational diabetes, anxiety and other mental health support.

  • 3rd Trimester  We can help Breech baby treatment (ideally 30w to 34w). We recommend conditioning of the whole body to childbirth from 37 weeks to 40 weeks. Especially to help you relax and release around the pelvic muscles and joints. 

  • Birth We can help prepare for childbirth (relax and release around the pelvic muscles and joints). If you  request to “induce labor,” we can support with an acupuncture treatment.  We can also help with active labor contractions and help relieve labor pain.

 

Post Natal

  • Support healthy milk production/help increase lactation with Acupuncture treatment 

  • Whole body conditioning by Treatment for postnatal depression/ anxiety (4th Trimester)

  • Support healing processes physical stress and damage from birth, And can help C-section scar condition or prevention of infection/Suppurations

Pre and Post Pregnancy Acupuncture