August 16th, 2018
Congratulations on your baby! The moment you find out you are pregnant is a special time filled with joy, nerves, and excitement. You are also probably still feeling great. Eventually hormone changes take over and that little baby bump grows throwing off your centre of gravity. Then, all of a sudden, you take a step and feel a sharp twinge in your lower back. Ouch! This experience is common for many women throughout their pregnancy.
Pregnancy is an extraordinary time in your life and this is the time to take really good care of your body and your growing baby. Eating right, exercising and visiting your healthcare provider are all ways to maintain a healthy pregnancy, but adding a prenatal chiropractor (Posture Doctor) to that list can make all the difference in how you feel for those long nine months. Not only does chiropractic care help to decrease low back pain, but it has also been shown to increase chances for a safe and natural labor.
The number one question I hear from my postpartum clients is, “Why did no one tell me this when I was pregnant?” However, most moms-to-be don’t realise there is safe and effective help out there to help with pain during pregnancy – It is chiropractic!
Ouch! The Pain in Pregnancy
Why am I in pain? Low back, pelvis and hip pain during pregnancy is caused by a perfect storm of mechanical, hormonal and circulatory changes that put stress on your musculoskeletal system. Luckily, we have the expertise to treat conditions and are uniquely qualified to relieve pregnancy pain and discomfort without the use of medication – (usually a no-no during pregnancy) as well as provide holistic advice to maintain health before, during and after the baby is born.
Shift in Gravity, Your Mechanical Changes
With a normal weight gain of 20-40 lbs, most pregnant women experience a shift in their centre of gravity that puts stress on their lower backs. Your expanding belly can increase the curvature (“lordosis”) of your lower spine which, in turn, affects your posture when your body overcompensates to regain balance. If that weren’t enough, your core abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the baby, and your back is left to support your increasing weight.
The concentration of the hormone “relaxin” ( I know it may not feel relaxing) increases 10 times during pregnancy to help soften your pelvic region and allow it to stretch, but your newly relaxed muscles can also contribute to low back pain and joint discomfort. Plus, blood volume can increase 50%, which can lead to inflammation and water retention (edema). This can also contribute to your pelvic, low back and hip discomfort.
Pain: Low Back, Pelvis & Hips
Everything is moving and causing real Musculoskeletal pain is very common during pregnancy. In fact, of pregnant women:
• 20% have pelvic girdle
• 50-85% have low back
Many women also feel pain in their sacroiliac joint in their hips that can cause pain and discomfort in the whole region of the hips and buttocks, and run down the legs into the feet.
Your Posture Doctor Plans for Ease in Your Pregnancy
As your Chiropractor, we will help relieve pregnancy-related back, hip and pelvic pain by realigning the spine and balancing the pelvis. Prenatal chiropractic treatment involves safe and gentle adjustments, massage, exercise and stretching.
Throughout pregnancy, our chiropractic techniques are adapted for belly growth and modified using props like pregnancy pillows and customised tables. The chiropractor can assess your pelvis, sacrum and vertebrae for any misalignments that could be responsible for pain or creating uterine constraint.
Four Stages of Chiropractic for Pregnant Women
Typically, most people shudder at the thought of chiropractic during pregnancy. However, there are four stages during pregnancy in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.
Many patients who received regular adjustments during pregnancy report a shorter, more pleasant delivery.
Here are some tips to help to help you enjoy this very special time
Your Individual Journey
Every woman’s pregnancy experience is an individual journey. Creating a positive pregnancy and birth experience doesn’t necessarily mean all plans are carried out as anticipated. What’s important is that you felt informed and supported along the way even if unexpected twists and turns occur in your journey.
Perfect Pregnancy with the Posture Doctor
Knowledge is power and I wish for every woman to increase her knowledge during the life changing events of pregnancy and childbirth to feel empowered in the process.
If you found these tips helpful please share with other expecting mamas.
Chiropractic care is safe and gentle for your and for your baby. We’re here to help! Schedule an appointment with us today.