Pre and Postnatal Care
At Fix we provide a wide range of therapies to help women and their partners throughout pregnancy; from conception to birth and beyond.
Whether it’s reducing anxiety around conception, acupuncture to complement IVF treatment, treating aches and pains during pregnancy or working to get your body back on track post-birth; Fix is here for you every step of the way. If you're thinking about expanding your family, here’s what we can do to help.
Some women get pregnant quickly, but for others it can take longer; the time it takes to conceive varies a great deal and there are many contributing factors. If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, and are in consultation with your GP about it, we have treatments at Fix that may help.
For those trying to conceive naturally, acupuncture treatments can be used to address unexplained infertility in both women and men, remedy lifestyle factors that may be affecting your ability to conceive and help to create the optimal conditions to become pregnant. In addition, acupuncture can be a valuable resource for reducing anxiety and stress during what can be a demanding time.
Acupuncture is also the most commonly used complementary therapy for couples undergoing IVF treatment. Treatments can help to increase the blood flow to your uterus and improve the quality and thickening of the endometrial lining, maximising the body’s preparation for a successful implantation. Acupuncture can also alleviate the side effects of medication, reducing symptoms such as bloating, mood swings, and digestive issues.
For more on the scientific links between acupuncture and fertility, see here for a write up by Melanie Hackwell, an acupuncturist specialising in fertility and IVF support who works at our Fix East Village clinic.
Difficulty conceiving, or discovering infertility, can be a deeply emotional experience. Grief, anxiety and stress are all common and the strain of uncertainty can weigh heavy on relationships. Those experiencing fertility issues may find it helpful to talk with a counsellor to work through these emotions and find new perspectives on the situation. Sally Thompson has over 10 years of counselling experience and practices 'person-centred therapy' - a highly empathic, non judgemental form of counselling. She works out of our East Village clinic.
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. Osteopathy or Prenatal Physiotherapy 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. Pregnancy 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 Fit for Baby, as well as 1:1 Pilates 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 Dont's", 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.
We also offer Hypnobirthing courses to enable you 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.
The process of birth and looking after young children can be physically demanding. Women can experience a range of postnatal musculoskeletal; which can be related to pregnancy or birth, or because of the new range of physical movements that come with being a parent. Our aim is to get you feeling in control and comfortable in your body so that you can enjoy life with your new baby.
ACHES AND PAINS
Our physiotherapists and osteopaths can help rehabilitate many issues arising from the birth of your baby - be it a natural birth or caesarean - and can aid promote the return of good physical alignment. Problems such as Diastasis recti and pelvic girdle pain can often respond well to manual care, helping you feel more stable and in control. The Mummy MOT is specially designed to assess pelvic heath postpartum and give new mums the support through recovery.
Osteopathic techniques are suitable for babies and children at all stages of life and aim to promote good development and physical wellbeing. Osteopaths utilise a range of techniques including physical manipulation, stretching and massage, and other gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy, which could help soothe and relax your baby as well as help advise on and treat aches and pains felt by older children.
Postnatal Massage can be used to relieve any aches or pains from the birth, or from poor breast-feeding posture, lifting car capsules and prams, carrying your baby and bending over the cot. It's also a great chance to relax and unwind for a hour!
ADJUSTING TO CHANGE
A new baby will bring about big changes to your life, especially if this is your first. Some people cope with these changes easily, while others find it harder. Everybody is different. Counselling can help if you're experiencing the baby blues, feelings of isolation, sleep disturbances, changing relationship dynamics, or post-natal depression.
Regaining control and building trust in your body after childbirth are essential. At Fix we work to support women with baby-friendly, postnatal Group Classes. Fit for Baby is geared to help you to get out, get fit and meet other new parents. If you’re looking for something more personalised, why not try a 1:1 Pilates or Yoga session to help you get moving again.