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Back Pain

Back pain during pregnancy can be especially challenging. Maybe some of your go to strategies aren’t allowed during pregnancy and the thought of suffering like this until the birth is driving you crazy. 

What causes back pain during pregnancy?

Your center of gravity is changing:

Let me explain why back pain during pregnancy is very common. As your belly expands with your growing baby your center of gravity changes. You may find yourself walking and standing differently and that can create strain on certain muscles and ligaments especially lower back pain, painful hips, rib pain and leg cramps. 

Everything is getting more and more flexible

In addition, your body is producing hormones (relaxin) to deliberately soften the tissues and ligaments to allow for your growing baby, to widen your hips to make it easier for you to give birth and allow for all the changes during pregnancy. However, that can put strain on the joints in your back and pelvis. 

Your breasts have grown

During pregnancy the weight of each breast increases by about half a kilogram! As a result, you may find yourself compensating by pulling your shoulders forward stretching the muscles in your upper spine leading to back and neck pain. 

The baby’s position can cause pain

The way your baby is lying in your uterus and the way your uterus is positioned in your pelvis can both contribute to back and pelvic pain. Your uterus is held in place in your pelvis by ligaments some of which have to stretch considerably during pregnancy. All the uterine ligaments are under a certain amount of strain during pregnancy while they support your growing and heavy uterus. Sometimes you may feel pain where the ligament attaches to your body eg under your ribs or in your pelvis or in organs that are near the attachments. 

Even though all these changes might be natural, you don’t need to suffer. 

How can treatment help with pregnancy back pain? 

Massage and reflexology are great treatments for helping your body cope with the changes in your body, relax tight muscles and encourage your uterus into a better position in order to reduce pain. 

Womb massage in particular during pregnancy focusses on supporting the ligaments holding your uterus and encouraging your uterus into it’s best possible position. This allows you to enjoy your pregnancy pain free, encourages good blood flow to the uterus and growing baby who is receiving all it’s nutrients via the blood. 

In addition, if your uterus is better aligned it can reduce the length of your labour and prepare for a smooth birth.

I’m a holistic therapist and I am here to help you!

 

I love helping women to overcome their fertility challenges and other issues related to your cycles, pregnancy, periods and/or anxiety. 

I treat women with abdominal and womb massage techniques known as Sobada (formally the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Massage) and reflexology.

I’m also an Advanced EFT Tapping practitioner and I work with women in particular issues around anxiety, depression, stress levels. 

I teach Fertility Awareness to help women better know their bodies and improve their chances of conceiving or prevent pregnancy naturally.     

I live in Modi’in, Israel and that’s where I spend my days helping women during their fertile years, pregnancy, menopause and other hormonal conditions. Bodywork sessions (massage and reflexology take place in my clinic in Modi’in but EFT Tapping sessions and Fertility Awareness education can take place online or in person).

Learn more about working with me here.

Testimonials

I did a series of treatments with Annette during pregnancy and close to my due date. Annette is amazing! This treatment is not like any treatment or touch I have ever experienced. It’s an energetic treatment, Annette’s touch contains her heart and soul and it’s felt strongly. 

The treatment is full of sensitivity, in choosing the oils that are suitable for me and especially for me and especially for my needs, everything is carefully and emotionally. Annette listened to my personal story, gives tips, contributes from her extensive knowledge and gives an amazing feeling and encourages a deep connection of the body and soul. I strongly recommend treatments at Annette's to every woman. It's an amazing energetic experience!

Update: I gave birth on Sunday afternoon. We’re home now and everything is great thank you. It was a very good birth, long - 12 hours, but the labour kept going the whole time and I was patient that my amazing body was capable and that the contractions would continue gradually and the birth was amazing. 

Einat Kasif, Modi’in

I was having a difficult pregnancy with my twins and I came to Annette for reflexology. She helped me cope with all the changes in my body. I looked forward to her treatments every week. I wouldn’t have survived my twin pregnancy without Annette’s healing hands. Naomi, Modi’in

I thoroughly enjoyed my prenatal massage with Annette. Not only did it provide me with a much needed opportunity for relaxation, but it helped improve my sore and aching body as well. She was gentle and very aware of how to approach a prenatal body, and I felt quite comfortable in her care. Annette’s treatment definitely enhanced both my physical and mental well-being! K.K., Modi’in

Coming for a treatment ( Sobada, abdominal massage and reflexology for pregnancy) with Annette was the perfect thing to do before I gave birth. To stop and listen to my body and give it exactly what it needs so it will have the strength to do what it knows to do best. I highly recommend Annette at all stages of pregnancy and in particular the last month. I can’t wait to come back after the birth. 

 

Zohar

I would highly recommend Annette for reflexology treatments. I have been to many different people and find hers superior by far. The first time I went was for pleasure and to release some stress from everyday life. I continued to go through my last pregnancy. It helped relieve a lot of the pressure on my feet and keep me relaxed. The treatment room is clean and comfortable. I look forward to each session and am never disappointed.

Mindy

I came to Annette’s clinic to help get my body and mind ready for my son’s upcoming birth. In her treatment room, I found such caring and competent hands, a relaxing and serene environment and pure healthy pampering. I felt so ready for the birth of my son and had more confidence and less anxiety that everything would go smoothly. Thank you so much, Annette! 

 

Shira S

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