How can Osteopathy help me with my birth?

If you are currently pregnant, regardless of which trimester you are in, it is never too early to start preparing your body and mind for birth.

General Osteopathy – Aches And Pains We See In Pregnancy

Did you know that osteopathic treatment during pregnancy is incredibly common? In fact, pregnancy related discomfort and pain is one of the most frequent complaints we treat in the clinic. Throughout pregnancy there are copious amounts of musculoskeletal and biomechanical changes that occur in the body. Sometimes our bodies can struggle to adapt to these changes and as a result soreness may take place. The pregnant body is growing, there are hormones at play that cause the ligaments to stretch, you may not be able to perform the exercises you loved doing pre-pregnancy, and the way your body moves post pregnancy can also be different.

When it comes to treating pregnant patients, us osteopaths have a few main goals. We aim to firstly educate. Our team at Total Balance Healthcare are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to pregnancy and all the changes that occur through this incredible time. One of our favourite mottos at TBHC is ‘Knowledge is Power’. We believe the more that our patients know about what is going on with their bodies, the better the outcomes. This is why we spend time and enjoy educating the community on our instagram page.

Another big goal when it comes to treatment is to aid the body in adjusting as best as possible to all the musculoskeletal and biomechanical changes that are occurring. This can be done with hands on treatment as well as specific rehabilitation exercises. Exercising through pregnancy can be very beneficial and is something we commonly recommend. However it is important that you are aware of what exercise forms are best suited to you at certain times in a pregnancy.


One of the amazing things about osteopathy is that we can treat women at any stage of pregnancy. Our treatment techniques and patient positioning will change depending on how far along in the pregnancy the patient is. One of the prime examples of how treatment change, is due to the fact that as women progress through their pregnancy they lose the ability to lie on their fronts. We are still able to treat pregnant patients right up until the day they give birth, we just do so in a side-lying position or we have the use of a pregnancy pillow which has a cut-out in it for the growing baby bump.

A common question we get asked in the clinic is if “osteopathy is ‘safe’ in the early stages of pregnancy?“, check out the blog on our website for more about this topic. There are numerous other blogs on our website that discuss the common questions and topics surrounding pregnancy, so definitely check them out if you are or know someone who is pregnant at the moment.

Pelvic Health –  Birth Prep 

Here at Total Balance Healthcare we have a women’s health team who are incredibly passionate about supporting women through all stages of life. Part of this support includes providing expectant mothers with knowledge and information leading up to their birth, regardless of which trimester you are in (it is never too early to start preparing your body and mind for birth!). Our pelvic health team includes Dr Sarah Duggen, Dr Loz Bonner, Dr Simmone Ortland, and Dr Rebecca Farthing, and who have all completed further study in pre and postpartum pelvic health, and love supporting women in this area.

We believe Birth Preparation appointments are extremely valuable for all expectant mothers, regardless of whether it is your first pregnancy, or if you’ve had children before – every pregnancy and deliveries are different! A birth preparation appointment is all about preparing your physical body and mind for the birthing process, and helping you achieve your delivery goals. Some things we go through in these appointments, which are important in preparation for labour are
  • To help pregnant women feel empowered with the decisions they are making with their upcoming delivery
  • Discuss the physiological process of birth, providing education about each stage of labour and the ways you can influence your own experience
  • Discuss non-pharmacological pain relief options, active birth positions, and the best ways to prepare your body for labour
  • Assess your pelvic floor strength to check for any pelvic floor dysfunction (which may impact vaginal delivery), your ability to relax your pelvic floor, and ability to push
  • Help support women with achieving a VBAC (vaginal birth after caesarean)
  • Discuss postpartum home care and management strategies that you can implement following birth
A birth preparation appointment is designed to give you the opportunity to ask all and any questions you may have surrounding pregnancy and birth that you may have not had the opportunity to ask at your other antenatal appointments.


If you have any questions about pelvic health appointments at Total Balance, in particular Birth Preparation, please give us a call on (03) 9773 8085. We would love to help any any questions you may have, and help you achieve the delivery that you want! Alternatively, click here to book an appointment online.

Sarah @ Total Balance Healthcare



This blog post is an educational tool only.  It is not a replacement for medical advice from a registered and qualified doctor or health professional.

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