There are a number of changes that occur in your body during pregnancy. These changes are natural due to the release of hormones that make your ligaments more “flexible” in preparation for birth. There are also adjustments to your posture due to the fact that you are carrying additional weight in the front of your body.

However, contrary to popular belief, it is not “normal” to experience pain during pregnancy, but unfortunately, past injuries or the stresses of modern everyday life often result in some form of discomfort due to your body not having the ability to compensate properly to these changes. 

Some of the common problems that can occur during pregnancy due to the body’s inability to adapt are: 

  • Forward head position – which results in neck pain, nerve irritation into arm or hands, pain between shoulder blades and carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Forward tilt of the pelvis – leading to low back pain, leg pain, pelvic pain, SPD/PGP (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) and over stretched and weak core 
  • Locking of knees – causing overloaded joints, irritated cartilage, knee pain and foot pain
  • Extension of neck and head – breeding headaches, neck pain and tightness into neck and shoulder muscles
  • Reduced curve in the mid back/ thoracic spine – leading to rib pain and reduced lung capacity and difficulty breathing
  • Increased curve of lower back – resulting in low back pain, stiff joints, tight muscles and nerve irritation on legs
  • Flattening of the feet – leading to dropped arches, foot pain, planter fasciitis and risk of increased shoe size

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, a visit to your local osteopath is highly advisable as they can help the body regain balance and restore the body’s ability to adapt to the changes caused by pregnancy.