Want to avoid pain and discomfort during pregnancy? We have the best solution for you!
Chiropractic care: Relief from pain and discomfort for a healthy and easy pregnancy
A woman’s body undergoes many transformations during the nine months of pregnancy. Some of these changes are visible, such as an expanding belly, while others, such as morning sickness and backaches, may not be as visible but equally well known. Then there are a few body changes may be unexpected and catch some women by surprise.
During pregnancy, the hormone Relaxin is produced to help loosen the joints and ligaments of the pelvis to best prepare the body for birth. Relaxin not only relaxes those ligaments in the pelvis, but also stretches other joints and ligaments all over the body. This is one reason pregnant women develop back pain or sciatica (pain that starts in the back and travels down the leg into the foot). As those ligaments become looser and the body’s center of gravity is pulled forward by a growing baby, a woman’s low back can become over-stressed by these biomechanical changes, resulting in pain.
It’s estimated that over 85% of expecting mothers will deal with back pain. Finding relief without the use of medication is almost always the best route for the health of mom and baby. The good news is that spinal adjustments are considered a highly safe, effective, non-invasive, and evidence-based option for women to find relief from pregnancy induced back pain. In fact, Chiropractors often also provide specific exercise and stretching recommendations to help ensure lasting results. A recent study found that patients who received care from their OB-GYN and Chiropractor together had greater reductions in pain and an improved quality of life versus those who only saw an OB-GYN alone.
Some quick tips to a happy, healthy pregnancy!
The World Health Organization recommends four care practices that promote, support and protect a normal birth process.
- Let labor begin on its own. In many cases, inducing labor can increase the risk of complications for mother and child.
- Move and change positions during labor. Moving around can help labor progress and may shorten the total labor time.
- Bring a loved one or Doula for support. Labor support has been sown to reduce the likelihood of cesarean section and improve the birth experience.
- Avoid interventions that aren’t necessary. Continuous electronic monitoring hasn’t been shown to provide better outcomes for the baby and may increase the risk c-section.
- Approximately 92% of pregnant women are advised by their primary doctor to exercise and stay active during pregnancy. Light to moderate exercise is a good idea!
- Choosing the right pillows and finding the best stretches can dramatically reduce any pregnancy-induced neck and mid-back pain.
- The low back pain that many women experience during pregnancy can often be relieved with chiropractic adjustments. Setting up routine adjustments with your chiropractor would be a great start to fixing and preventing back pain.
We specialize in natural, non-invasive care, and hope you’ll give us a call if you have questions about the best options for you!