I can attest to the fact, the muscle strains of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. A woman gains an average of 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. This weight gain, combined with the increased stress on the body by the baby, may result in severe discomfort.
During the stages of pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis causing stress on her joints and low back. As the baby grows in size, a woman’s abdomen is pushed even further forward increasing the curvature of the low back and placing extra stress on the spinal discs.
Chiropractic care can help a woman before, during and after her pregnancy. As a Doctor of Chiropractic, I can detect any imbalances in the pelvis and elsewhere in your body prior to getting pregnant to ensure proper spinal motion and balance is present. While pregnant, many women find chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low back pain brought on by the ever changing process of pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments are safe for both the pregnant woman and the baby. In fact, many women found chiropractic care to be the best option when trying to handle pain and discomfort without medication. I can also offer advice on nutrition, ergonomics and exercise during your pregnancy in an effort to reduce inflammation and keep you healthy. After childbirth, a woman’s ligaments that have loosened begin to tighten up. Treating any joint problems as soon as possible before they return to their pre-pregnancy state may help to prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort and shoulder problems.
There are many things you can do to prepare your body for pregnancy: exercise, diet, and proper ergonomics are just a few. Chiropractic care should be added to the top of that list! Being in optimal health helps make this most wonderful time of your life much more enjoyable.