Pregnancy can be an exciting and wonderful time in a woman’s life, but is also a time of many changes in her body that can cause various discomforts. During pregnancy, there are several physiological and hormonal changes that occur in the body. The average mother’s weight gain throughout her pregnancy is approximately 25-35 lbs and this causes her center of gravity to shift forward leading to postural distortions. As a result, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated and additional pressure is placed on the spine and pelvis. The uterus itself has a physical connection to the joints and soft-tissues in and surrounding the pelvis. These are typically the main areas addressed with chiropractic treatment. However, we may see compensation in other areas of the body that can also be addressed.
Prenatal chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment that can be very beneficial throughout pregnancy. A prenatal chiropractic treatment is a combination of gentle adjusting (to balance the pelvis and improve its function) and gentle soft tissue techniques (to release tension in surrounding muscles and ligaments that are attached to the uterus and pelvis.) However, every treatment is individualized to each patient, as moms may experience different discomforts during pregnancy. This balancing and release of tension in the pelvis is a successful technique for reducing discomforts for mom, while also allowing baby to move and turn naturally to prepare for birth. Going into the birthing process with balance, mobility and ease of movement in the pelvis can also result in a more comfortable, shorter labor and delivery.
As the mother’s body continually changes throughout pregnancy, this often results in spinal restrictions, pinched nerves, tight muscles, and decreased overall flexibility. Don’t let pain hold you back during this exciting time in your life! We can help with:
- Facilitating a more comfortable pregnancy
- Relief of neck pain, back pain & rib pain
- Sciatica nerve pain
- Alignment of pelvis to help baby drop down before birth
- Webster’s Technique for breeched babies