Osteopathy and Pregnancy

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Osteopathic lesions and functional problems can make the period of pregnancy difficult, to compromise the proper dynamics of delivery and leave consequences after childbirth.

For this reason Osteopathy is absolutely indicated in order to both get to the delivery under optimal conditions that eliminate any functional problem acquired during childbirth.

The pregnancy period

During pregnancy a woman's physical structure adapts and changes considerably in a relatively short period.

Osteopathic problems can create difficulties that can be serious at this stage not only to the mother but also to the fetus.

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Regarding the mother, the most frequent symptomatic signs in pregnancy are sciatica, lumbago or swelling of the extremities, as well as breathing difficulties especially in the latest stages.

In fact some of these aspects are absolutely physiological but a global functional impairment can still amplify the intensity, sometimes severely.

That is, if you act in a mechanical problem at the level of the vertebrae or pelvis or if a voltage is present at the level of the diaphragm or abdominal bands, certainly the overall joint mobility and hemodynamic appearance, especially venous return, will be compromised.

In these conditions, a considerable weight gain or a compression on the great vessels by the fetus, as physiological events in pregnancy, may be borne by the body in a more difficult way

The most important aspect, however, that is worth special consideration are the actual possible effects on the foetus

Especially the presence of tension on the wall of the uterus, transmitted through the skeleton with ligaments, can create problems and then fetal uterine mobility.

And in this particular regard for the correct positioning of the head, with important consequences at the time of delivery.

For this reason, a osteopathic examination in pregnancy is highly recommended.


Childbirth is the decisive phase of the whole pregnancy and you need to get to this special time in optimal conditions.

The most important functional aspect that must be considered under the osteopathic profile regards the dynamics of the basin.

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The sacrum, the iliac bone, the coccyx, the pelvic floor muscles, ligaments of the uterus and all other adjacent structures must have the highest dynamic expression.

The compromise of just one of these parts may affect the expulsion of the head of the fetus at birth with various consequences.

The head of the fetus is in fact able to undergo major morphological changes in order to adapt to the size of the output channel, but it must be absolutely free and elastic.

We must add to the mechanical aspect another yet equally important one.

In fact, an osteopathic dysfunction at the level of the base of the skull can cause a problem in the production of oxytocin from the pituitary with important consequences at the time of delivery.

Oxytocin is a hormone that is needed to cause contractions of the uterus essential to the expulsion of the fetus. So if the pituitary gland does not produce enough oxytocin the uterus will be unable to contract during childbirth.

This will make the expulsion difficult and you will need to intervene in an artificial manner.

Therefore, in order to reduce the risk of such an eventuality, an osteopathic revision in pregnancy is absolutely advisable.

The postpartum

Childbirth is a very challenging event for the whole organism and in particular for the structures involved in a direct manner.

The uterus, bones and muscles of the pelvis, the spine as well as the rectum, the bladder and surrounding structures are heavily involved in the dynamics of confinement and subject to very important functional stress.

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These organs, as well as the whole body, can frequently acquire functional problems during childbirth and lead to unpleasant consequences in the aftermath.

You also need to consider the side effects of epidurals or caesarean scars to be added to purely mechanical origin lesional pictures.

In particular, the epidural puncture always has major repercussions from an osteopathic point of view as they create a significant craniosacral stress with consequences that can range from simple cervical problems to problems of the autonomic nervous (dizziness, tinnitus) as well as headaches and more.

A review of osteopathy is always recommended after childbirth, especially after the first birth, in order to eliminate any residual functional problem and be able to enjoy an optimal recovery in the subsequent period.