Pregnancy should be a very exciting time for a mother. However, the pregnancy pain associated with it can be rather bothersome. The average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds can but some stress on the body that was not previously present. Almost immediately, the mother’s center of gravity begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. As the baby grows in size, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks. In compensation, the normal curvature of the upper spine increases, as well. While these changes sound dramatic, pregnancy hormones help loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. But even these natural changes designed to accommodate the growing baby can result in postural imbalances, making pregnant women prone to having awkward trips and falls.
Many moms today are turning to their local chiropractor who specializes in chiropractic pregnancy care for help. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can result in greater comfort and safer births. It can relieve and even prevent common discomforts in pregnancy, including low back pain, sciatica, mid back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and nausea. It can also balance a woman’s pelvis throughout pregnancy, restoring and creating an environment for quicker, easier delivery. It often reduces the need for pain medication and medical interventions, including cesarean section during the delivery process.
In fact, the American Pregnancy Association (http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/chiropracticcare.html) supports and encourages expecting mothers to find a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care. So if you want to make your pregnancy, labor and delivery safer and more enjoyable, call our office today!