During pregnancy, a woman’s body will go through an enormous amount of changes, including structural and hormonal changes. One of these changes is to release a hormone called relaxin to help relax the ligaments and tendons that surround the joints.
As this is wonderful to allow the pelvis to be able to open and stretch during delivery, it can lead to more flexibility in the joints throughout the body and contribute to some discomfort in the neck, lower back and buttocks.
Also during pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward due to the increased size of the uterus placing mores tress on the joints of the lower back and pelvis.
This discomfort is often known as the “normal” aches and pains that come along with pregnancy. But who said that is just has to hurt until after you are done being pregnant?
Doctors of chiropractic are trained to address these complaints by looking at posture and how the joints are moving in relation to one another. Chiropractors are able to help correct these areas of misalignment and help pregnant women adjust to their ever changing body.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe for pregnant women and can be especially helpful for those who are trying to avoid any medications. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
Chiropractic care can also help after childbirth for both the mother and baby. In the weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state to prevent further pain and discomfort.
Newborns can also benefit from chiropractic care. Childbirth can be very traumatic for the baby, so getting an adjustment afterwards can help put the spine back into alignment. A chiropractor adjusts infants very differently than adults. They use techniques that are very gentle. So gentle in fact, that the pressure they use to adjust an infant is similar to the pressure you use to test the ripeness of a tomato!
Being pregnant is a very exciting time in a woman’s life, be it her first pregnancy or her tenth! It’s also a major undertaking for her body. Getting regular spinal check-ups can make sure her spine is able to handle the necessary changes the body will be going through.