We have a great multi-disciplinery team with decades of experience between us in work supporting women through their pregnancy journey - from pre-conception, through pregnancy birth and post-natal recovery. We run free information events sharing some tips and exercises if you want to find out more about how we can support you - here's some information to get you started...
Osteopathy is a helpful resource to support the postural changes that occur in a woman's body during pregnancy and following birth. Osteopathy can help you to understand and manage the changes. As well as gentle treatment to the pelvis and lower back which may occur as the result of movement in your pelvis to accommodate the growth of the baby, osteopathy can also help with changes in the ribs and muscles of the front of the chest which also need to adapt.
Acupuncture is a good friend to have with you on your entire pregnancy journey, from preconception onward. It can boost fertility (helping both men and women with natural and assisted conception), support you as needed throughout your pregnancy, help with preparation for your birth and your recovery. Acupuncture's little sister acupressure is also a simple tool you can take home and use yourselves for effective natural pain relief during labour.
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise during all stages of pregnancy. Matthew’s pre-natal classes give you a space to recuperate whilst preparing for the challenges of the birth, whilst the subsequent post-natal classes support your recovery as you transition back in to your regular pre-pregnancy activities. More information is available on Matthew's website
Massage can provide some welcome relief throughout pregnancy as strain is put on the lower back with the extra weight and laxity in ligaments. The upper back can also suffer with shifts in posture and tiredness and massage can also be a good gentle stimulator of fluid and oxygen around the body, having a pick-me-up effect as well as easing tensions and emotional stress. Peroneal massage is also a valuable self-massage skill to help with labour.
The breath is a central theme in yoga and during labour and birth. Yoga can help you to explore breathing patterns and teach you to synchronise or coordinate the breath and movement, which may help with your birth. The postures learnt and developed in a yoga class can help to relax and strengthen your body throughout your pregnancy, and post birth.
Hypnobirthing works on helping to release fears and build up confidence in the birth process. The aim is to make your experience more calm, happy, comfortable and positive. It can be a very empowering tool to have with you for labour and beyond. At WNT we also offer relaxation sessions if you would like a taster of hypnobirthing or if you have been learning by yourself and would like an opportunity to practise in a calm, supported environment.