Pregnancy Symptoms and Stresses
During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front, causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile facet joints on the back side of the spine. Pre-existing problems in a woman’s spine tend to be exacerbated at this time, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities.
Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby’s body gains the most weight. With the increased weight of your child it may be harder and harder to relieve pregnancy back pain. Pregnant women will frequently experience back and other body pain throughout every stage of pregnancy. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and prevent further back pain and discomfort. A pregnancy chiropractor is a skilled and licensed individual who has extensive experience working with pregnant women who suffer from back pain. With the help of a qualified medical professional you can create an easier and safer delivery. It is one safe and effective way to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance. Most pregnant women who have used a chiropractor have found that chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of potentially dangerous pain medication during pregnancy. Studies have even shown that proper pregnancy chiropractic care can help reduce labor time. Pregnancy chiropractic care should only be delivered by a skilled and licensed individual that has extensive experience with pregnancy.
Chiropractic Tips for Pregnant Women:
Regular chiropractic care is important to help maintain a healthy skeletal structure and nervous system function throughout a pregnancy and childbirth.
Get some mild form of exercise daily. Walking, swimming, or stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women. Avoid jerking or bouncing movements. Stop exercise immediately if you notice any unusual symptoms and consult your doctor.
Wear flat shoes with arch supports.
When lifting, bend from the knees, not the waist. Your low back is much more susceptible to injury during pregnancy.
Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees to reduce pressure on your lower back. Body pillows or pregnancy wedges are very popular.
Eat several small meals or snacks instead of three large meals each day. This will help alleviate nausea, stabilize blood sugar and improve nutrient absorption.
Take a prenatal vitamin recommended by your doctor.