by: Anne-Marie Mougeot, B.Sc. Kin., D.O.M.P.
One of the most beautiful examples of our body’s ability to adapt and to demonstrate balance and strength can be seen during pregnancy. There are amazing physical, hormonal, and emotional changes that take place in order to accommodate and support a growing fetus. So many shifts in the body, in addition to the anticipation of caring for a new baby, can be big changes to get used to! Although many pregnancies progress smoothly without any major discomforts, it is not uncommon for aches or pains to arise during this time. Osteopathy can help to provide relief from these problems and is a safe and gentle approach for both mother and baby.
This is achieved with the application of safe and gentle techniques, while making sure that the mother is comfortable at all times. Osteopathic Practitioners can also offer advice about managing painful or uncomfortable symptoms and demonstrate self-care techniques which can be done by the expecting mother and partner during pregnancy and labour. Osteopathic Practitioners often work with other health practitioners, such as doctors, midwifes, and pelvic floor physiotherapists to ensure optimum care and open communications. In addition to osteopathic manual techniques, Osteopathic Practitioners often provide gentle exercises to help keep the mother active throughout her pregnancy.
Anne-Marie Mougeot is an Osteopathic Practitioner & Exercise Therapist on Vancouver Island. She works with women throughout pregnancy and postpartum and has a family-oriented practice in Nanaimo, BC.
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