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Prevention and recovery from Rectus Abdominis Diastasis in pregnancy

January 20th, 2019|Pregnancy|

By Dr. Alison Gault Rectus abdominis diastasis is one of the medical conditions occurring in pregnancy causing pain. It is also known as diastasis recti or an abdominal muscle split. During pregnancy, the extensive and often speedy stretching of the abdominal muscles can result in the [...]

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Sciatica in pregnancy- symptoms & causes

November 3rd, 2018|Pregnancy|

by Dr. Alison Gault True sciatica is rare in pregnancy with some studies only showing 1% of pregnant women experiencing posterior pelvic pain having sciatica. Sciatica is a term that describes a set of neurologic symptoms associated with irritation and/or compression of the nerve roots [...]

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What role do your abdominal muscles after birth play?

September 17th, 2018|Pregnancy|

By Dianne Edmonds –  physiotherapist After pregnancy, your body has changes and adjustments to make, including the effects of the relaxing hormones of pregnancy leaving your body. These hormones have relaxed the ligaments around your pelvis to allow the growth [...]

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How to know if your baby will be normal

June 29th, 2018|Pregnancy|

By Dr. Derrick Thompson (Obstetrician and Gynaecologist) Every mother hopes for a normal, healthy baby.  While most babies are born normal about 3 in 100 are born with a serious condition that may require expert medical care.  To help you [...]

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Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy

April 18th, 2018|Pregnancy|

By Dr. Alison Gault Pelvic girdle pain is a set of very commonly occurring symptoms in pregnancy and includes the conditions of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, sacroiliac joint instability, diastasis symphysis pubis and pubic symphysis dysfunction. These conditions are all linked as they [...]

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Rib dysfunction in pregnancy

March 20th, 2018|Pregnancy|

By Dr. Alison Gault Rib pain is quite a common musculoskeletal complaint in pregnancy. One of the possible causes for pain in the rib cage  in pregnancy is dysfunction of the rib.  This is when one of the joints that attach the [...]

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What are the chances of having a miscarriage?

February 4th, 2018|Pregnancy|

By Dr. Derrick Thompson (Obstetrician & Gynaecologist) I find that all women who become pregnant are concerned that they could suffer a miscarriage. You are most unlikely to suffer a miscarriage if you see on the ultrasound image: a live intrauterine [...]

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How your Pelvic Floor Changes with Pregnancy & Childbirth

January 13th, 2018|Pregnancy|

by Michelle Kenway Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist Keeping your pelvic floor in good shape during pregnancy and after childbirth is a positive step you can take towards preventing long term pelvic floor problems.  This article helps you understand the effect of [...]

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Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) in Pregnancy

December 15th, 2017|Pregnancy|

By Dr. Alison Gault The symphysis pubis is the joint between two pubic bones at the front of the pelvis.  Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction is a condition that can occur in pregnancy in which there is pain occurring in the pubic symphysis joint but [...]

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