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Pregnancy, Baby and Beyond with Bridgeham Clinic

Crawley based Bridgeham Clinic have put together an informative article on how osteopathy, acupuncture and Pilates can help both mother and child.



A unique combination of osteopathy, acupuncture and Pilates will inspire and energise you as you journey through pregnancy and beyond. Learn how to move effortlessly, with strength, flexibility and ease.


How can acupuncture help in pregnancy?

Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of problems and many people now seek support from acupuncture either as a stand-alone or alongside IVF as well as during pregnancy and post-natally.

Some women are referred by their midwife, most often towards the end of pregnancy to help them prepare for labour and delivery. Post-natally women want to return to optimum health and recover quickly from early days anxiety.
Acupuncture is safe to use throughout pregnancy.

“The whole treatment was very relaxing and my son was born at 10.59 pm that night so I can say it was very effective. Amazing!”

What about babies?

Babies and children can be treated using acupuncture or non-invasive techniques that do not puncture the skin. Advice can be given to further support treatment using simple techniques at home.


Can I choose Osteopathy during pregnancy?

The body undergoes extensive mechanical and physiological changes during pregnancy to accommodate the needs of the growing baby. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when new maternal aches and pains arise. Commonly, mums-to-be report low back pain (with or without sciatica), neck stiffness, symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome and the dreaded pelvic girdle pain NCOR, 2012). It is known that some pregnancies have a higher risk of miscarriage around specific weeks. For this reason, your osteopath may avoid booking in pregnant patients in their 12th and 16th week.

What happens during a treatment?

A full medical history is taken, and the osteopath conducts an assessment to ascertain what is the cause of symptoms (this generally involves some movements and non-invasive tests). After your treatment session, it is common to recommend specific exercises or stretches you can safely perform to maintain the progress made during the treatment.

“Bridgeham was amazing at sorting out my pregnancy related sciatica & PGP. My osteopath made me feel totally at ease. I just wish I’d gone in my 1st pregnancy then I might not have been house bound for the last 2 months! Pilates is also amazing.”

Osteopathy for babies?

Osteopathy can be helpful for babies who are:

  • unable to turn their neck fully to feed
  • not filling dirty nappies efficiently
  • struggling to relax, or seem to have generalised tension (wincing, grunting, wriggling etc whilst asleep)
  • unsettled babies
  • feeding difficulties

“Bridgeham was amazing at sorting out my pregnancy related sciatica & PGP. My osteopath made me feel totally at ease. I just wish I’d gone in my 1st pregnancy then I might not have been house bound for the last 2 months! Pilates is also amazing.”

Pilates and Garuda

Pilates and Garuda 1:1 machine sessions are tailored to support your body and movement through the three trimesters, practising suitable birth positions, honouring your hopes and aspirations for parenthood and ensuring your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is aligned and grounded in centred, balanced movement.

As a “mum-to-be”, use your regular 1:1 machine studio sessions to touch base with yourself and become aware of the incredible changes your body is going through and to enjoy the journey and marvel at life.

Once your baby has arrived we can help you to observe baby’s movement patterns e.g. rolling, commando crawling and creeping. You can bring in your baby for a play in our movement studio. The fun you will have learning and copying from them and their developing movements is all part of Bridgeham’s service.

We also look at how to best lift car seats, find supportive feeding positions, pick up bubba from the cot, push prams, ensuring you set off with good healthy movement patterns for your whole parenting life! Grandparents are welcome to attend too!

“I came for 1:1 Pilates sessions after the traumatic birth of my first child. The intention was to get help to recover physically. What I didn’t expect was a totally holistic approach to my treatment that addressed all the emotional aspects as well. I cannot say how wonderful my instructor was. She drew on her own birthing experiences, her wealth of knowledge of how the body works and the impacts of pregnancy.

“The complete focus on me (and the baby) during each session was so far removed from the rushed and fragmented medical care I had had. I cannot recommend Bridgeham highly enough, it has truly been a life changing experience turning to them for help.”

We would be honoured to work with you during your journey from pregnancy to motherhood, and help the rest of your family too.

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‘I’m not ok and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that’ says Crawley Councillor as he opens up about mental health

As part of Mental Health day a Crawley councillor has opened up about his own mental health issues to show local people that it is ok to open up and talk about the issue.



Liam Ascough is a councillor for Gossops Green in Crawley

Gossops Green Councillor Liam Ascough has written an open letter to his colleagues at the council to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Addressing directly the Council Leader and the Chief Executive, Liam writes:

“Dear Peter and Natalie,

After watching the ‘Every mind Matters’ TV advert, supported by the Duke and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex, I felt that I had write this open letter of apology but also to help continue the conversation on mental health issues. 

I want to apologise to the both of you, members of staff, fellow members of the council but most importantly to the residents of Gossops Green and North East Broadfield because it’s ok not to be ok and I should have said something a long time ago. 

I have suffered bouts of depression since 2015 but I put that all on hold when my mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in October 2017. This happened in the same week I was unceremoniously let go as a Conservative Parliamentary candidate, finished with the partner I thought I’d married and buried a great friend of mine who had died of cancer. October 2017 wasn’t my best month!! 

When I stood as a Parliamentary candidate in 2015, I was on top of the world. I was doing what I’d wanted to do since I was 14 (yes I know, I’m a geek). It was such a full on campaign and I felt I was at the centre of it. After that though, it felt like I’d been dropped like a hot potato. Like I’d been on X Factor one minute and then you were nobody. The Party wasn’t interested in you anymore and suddenly you go from being a somebody to be a nobody again. 

I carried on as if nothing was wrong, although inside I felt deeply depressed and used. Then October 2017 happened and it all got a lot worse. 

Sadly I lost my best friend in my mother on January 4th this year after a monumental battle with cancer. She put up such a great fight but not a day will go by that I don’t miss my mother. Watching her in so much pain, was beyond heartbreaking. 

I put a brave face on, as I always do and tried to get on with things. Sometimes not so well though, as I remember a very kind family in Gossops Green took me into their house whilst canvassing, after I started to cry. I should have known at that point that I wasn’t really coping. 

It wasn’t until my birthday in July that it finally all hit me. Again, I tried to put a brave face on and project the image that everything was ok. The thing is, I’M NOT OK!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with that either. I should have said it a long time ago! 

I am sorry for the meetings that I’ve missed and the emails that I haven’t replied to!! I should have said something before. I just couldn’t admit it to myself let alone anyone else! 

The thing is, now that I’ve admitted that I’m not ok, I can finally start to get help and to get back on track.

That’s why I wanted to write this open letter. To say sorry for letting people down. To explain what’s been going on and to be honest about it. Probably most importantly, to let others know that’s it’s ok, to not be ok. I needed to be honest with myself.

The help I received from St Catherine’s Hospice has been invaluable! I am also incredibly blessed to have an amazing network or friends who are my family. 

I am getting through this and I will recover.

Some will think I’m just feeling sorry for myself and that I should ‘man up’. To be fair that’s something I would have said before. Regardless I still think it is ok to say that I’m not ok. I encourage anyone who isn’t feeling ok, to talk about it.

You are not alone and don’t have to ‘man up’ so to speak.”

If you would like more information and help on any issues to do with mental health you can find out more at:

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