A woman’s body goes through many changes throughout pregnancy, and while everyone expects a growing bump, some of the other developments can come as a surprise. If you’re experiencing some of the less joyful ‘joys’ of pregnancy, Fix can help you feel better.
Aches and pains
The softening of ligaments, weight increase and changes in posture can lead to additional pressure on joints during pregnancy. Physiotherapy or Osteopathy can help with the aches or pains that may arise, including Symphis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), lower back pain and Pelvic Girdle Pain. Using a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage, we work with you to help pinpoint the causes, relieve tension, and strengthen your body to bring more ease throughout your pregnancy.
Acupuncture can be used to treat the symptoms of many of the discomforts of pregnancy - morning sickness, digestive issues, tiredness, headaches, back ache and pelvic pain - allowing you to fully enjoy your pregnancy. Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments. It is also an effective treatment for anxiety, depression and irritability, which affect around 15-20 percent of pregnant women.
As your baby grows, the added weight and changes to your centre of gravity can result in tightness through your back, hips, shoulders and neck. Massage is ideal for working out any of these tensions, we can also use kinesio taping to give extra support to your lower back in the later trimesters.
Stress and anxiety
Even before the new baby arrives, conception and pregnancy can be a rollercoaster of emotions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, are wrestling with changing dynamics in relationships or simply need a non-judgmental ear, Counselling can be invaluable to lightening your mental load.
For prenatal (and postnatal) fitness, Fix offers a range of small Group Classes, ranging from Fix Yoga to the aptly named Pelvic Floor Galore, as well as 1:1 Pilates, Personal Training or Yoga to help you improve your physical wellbeing and feel calm and connected in preparation for birth.
We always advise discussing your pregnancy with your class instructor or therapist for their advice on 'Do's and Don'ts', if in doubt always consult your antenatal team before starting any exercise programme. As a general rule, and as long as your pregnancy is progressing well, the evidence indicates that keeping active and healthy will help create the optimal environment for a good labour.
Starting in 2018 we will be offering four-week Hypnobirthing courses that will give you the knowledge and skills to release fears around childbirth and trust your body, your instincts and your baby. We'll talk about how to get the best from the healthcare system and provide support right up to the birth to answer any questions that may arise.