Pregnant and Young Mums

Is pregnancy discomfort weighing you down?

Your body is transforming as you grow a beautiful new life. But, alongside the joys, you may also feel uncomfortable due to your rising hormone levels.

While discomfort and pain are normal and usually fade away when labour starts, we understand it can be trying – that’s why our team of expert orthotists are here with support tailored just for you!

Get relief from pregnancy discomfort; let us help ensure that all nine months go as smoothly as possible.


Compression stockings

It's normal to experience some swelling in your hands, feet and ankles.

We understand how uncomfortable this can be after a long day standing or on hot days – so we’ve got tips for you!

Regular rest with elevating your feet and legs, accompanied by light exercises, can greatly assist in mitigating symptoms associated with vein problems.

It is also recommended to wear compression stockings to prevent the development of varicose veins and other venous insufficiency conditions.

Compression stocking will reduce your risk of:

  • Swelling (Edema)
  • Leg pain by increasing the pressure in the tissue under the skin
  • Throbbing or itching at the end of the day
  • Blood pooling in your lower limbs – blood clots
  • Varicose veins

Wearing compression stockings from your second trimester onwards will also improve your post-natal recovery.

Our qualified specialists will make sure that every measure will be taken so that wearing compression garments can be done safely without compromising comfort or restricting blood flow.

Abdominal support belts

One in five expecting mothers experience pelvic girdle pain

Approximately one in five expecting mothers experience pelvic girdle pain due to stiffening pelvic joints and uneven joint movement at both the back and front of their pelvis.

Abdominal support belts provide the perfect blend of comfort and protection. By cradling your abdomen, these belly bands provide relief from lower back strain and offer gentle care that won’t interfere with the baby’s safety.

Many expecting mothers turn to maternity support garments around the 20-week mark, but if you feel like you need extra comfort earlier in your pregnancy journey, don’t hesitate to make that decision for yourself.

Enjoy all the precious moments of pregnancy without being weighed down by lower back and abdominal pain. Invest in a correctly fitted support band designed specifically to relieve pelvic discomfort and help you stay active.

Abdominal support belts will:

  • Reduce pregnancy aches and pains
  • Alleviate pressure on your lower body muscles, ligaments, joints and lower back
  • Stabilise your pelvis and may improve your balance
  • Allow you to stay more active
  • Provide postnatal support, especially for women who have experienced separation of the abdominal muscles.

Remember, a belly band is a temporary fix. It doesn’t heal the underlying condition.

Baby Helmets for Baby Helmet Therapy

Are you worried about the shape of your baby's head?

Although infants’ heads often reshape naturally, an undetected flat spot may necessitate intervention. Early detection is critical to ensuring that your baby’s skull returns to normal shape without difficulty.

The three main types of skull flattening are:

  • Plagiocephaly – the flattening of one side of the baby’s head. You may notice that one side of your baby’s face is slightly more forward than the other.
  • Brachiocephaly – the flattening across the back of the baby’s head, which can cause the head to look wider.
  • Scaphocephaly – the flattening of both sides of the baby’s head, making it look long and narrow.

Your baby’s doctor may have recommended cranial orthosis, which means they must be fitted with a special helmet that helps create the right shape for their skull. Don’t worry – it won’t hurt or be uncomfortable!

To ensure your little one gets the best possible result from this therapy, they must be professionally assessed and fitted by a medical professional, as purchasing off-the-shelf helmets could do more harm than good.

Your GP or paediatrician will refer you to our clinic to give your child the best possible care.

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