In pregnancy and after delivery

Pregnancy is not a “disease,” but it does bring about a variety of changes involving all physiological body systems. For example, as early as 24 hours after fertilization, the primary placenta produces the pregnancy hormone hCG. hCG can cause morning sickness, nausea and mood swings in pregnant women. It also stimulates thyroid production.

The hormone progesterone thickens the lining of the uterus, it increases the blood flow and improves the blood circulation of the pelvis. It prepares the milk production in the breasts and has a variety of other tasks. It slows blood flow in the venous vessels and increases venous congestion. At the same time, the intestine becomes sluggish, ostipation can occur.

The hormone estrogen prepares the uterus for pregnancy. The cardiovascular system is kept going, it supports the increase in the amount of blood in order to provide the unborn child with sufficient oxygen. It also increases fluid retention in the tissues (heavy legs, arms).

Known dysfunctions can recur: a pulling in the groin, pain in the pubic symphysis.

In pregnancy and after delivery

From the 4 month, the nausea usually decreases sharply, the stomach becomes visible, the breasts increase, the fetus needs space and shifts all organs in all directions: Lower back pain, hemorrhoids, ostipation, difficulty breathing and venous congestion can be the result. It can lead to varicose veins and the carpal tunnel syndrome.

From the 7th month the child’s head begins to sink. The stomach becomes really heavy. It is difficult to find a good position during sleep – sleeping on your back is becoming more and more complicated. The pressure on the bladder is increased – more frequent nocturnal toilets are needed – sleep disturbances can occur. The back is massively stressed, the hips can hurt, long sitting is tedious.

Osteopathy offers positive, stabilizing and painless solutions that are optimally adapted to each patient: “cracking” will only be the last option.

Postnatal care is just as important for the mother as it is for the newborn: long term delivery, injuries (tears), scars, uterine regression, painful urination, milk injection, hemorrhoids, ostipia.

2 to 4 weeks after delivery, water retention in the body is normal.

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