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If you are in your first trimester of pregnancy you may be experiencing an extreme range of emotions due to a massive influx of hormones that may make you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster.

In addition, your body will be working hard to create this little being inside of you which may cause side effects such as aches and pains in your body as well as extreme fatigue. You may find your life will change dramatically. All you want to focus on doing is hibernating, eating and becoming more of a recluse. You may also be going through emotional thoughts such as am I really pregnant.

It is very important that you control your energy levels in this phase as you will feel absolutely exhausted. You will be surprised to learn that gentle exercise can help you feel more energised. Gentle exercises include taking a brisk walk, low impact aerobics or swimming are great examples. Pregnancy yoga is also a favourite and these exercises can help to strengthen your body and help you cope with both labour and birth.

Furthermore, you may be experiencing body aches and pains especially into the lower back as well as pelvic girdle pain which may radiate into the thigh. The uterus will double in size during the first trimester, and there is a massive surge in hormone relaxin which peaks at week 10-14. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we will tailor a treatment program according to your needs.

A typical osteopathy treatment for pregnancy will involve gentle massage, joint mobilisation, muscle energy techniques and much more. We can help you enjoy this phase of pregnancy and prepare you for the next, through gentle treatments and stretches to help your body cope with the massive spinal changes that it undergoes.

If you have any questions give us a ring at Richmond Osteopaths as we can help you with your pregnancy related aches and pains.

By Nicolette Richardson (Gygi)

Tel: 02089487171