For many pregnant women, aches and pains in the lower back and hips are part of the experience. In fact, approximately 50 percent of pregnant women will experience back pain at some point before they deliver. Chiropractic treatment is a safe, effective, and drug-free way to manage these and other musculoskeletal symptoms during pregnancy.
There are many hormonal and physical changes you’ll experience during your pregnancy. Some of these will have an impact on your posture and comfort. As your baby becomes heavier, your center of gravity shifts, and your posture adjusts accordingly.
These physical changes during your pregnancy can lead to a misaligned spine or joints.
Other uncomfortable changes during pregnancy might include:
Regular visits to a chiropractor during your pregnancy can address these issues. One collaborative chiropractic and medical study revealed that 75 percent of pregnant chiropractic care patients reported pain relief. Plus, adjustments designed to re-establish balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine will do more than just make you feel better. Chiropractic care can be beneficial for your baby, too.
Chiropractic adjustments are great to keep your body balanced and feeling great during pregnancy, but you can do a lot to help yourself. Exercises like walking and swimming will keep the blood flowing and keep your muscles working during the course of the pregnancy. It’s important to stay safe, so check with your doctor if you’ve been inactive prior to becoming pregnant.
Avoid wearing heels while you’re pregnant because you’ll be less steady and they can accelerate any postural imbalances you might experience. Stick with flat sensible shoes whenever possible. Also be sure to observe proper lifting techniques for children or other objects. Bend from your knees at all times and if it seems too heavy, ask someone else to lift it for you.
To remove pressure from your lower back while sleeping, lie on your side with a pillow between your knees. If you have to sit at a desk during the day, use a footrest to take pressure off your feet and legs and try not to sit for longer than 30 minutes at a time without getting up and moving around. Schedule chiropractic treatments after you give birth to help with the healing process, as all your muscles, tendons, and ligaments are returning to normal.
Chiropractic care is usually a safe, effective practice during pregnancy. Not only can routine chiropractic care help manage pain in your back, hips, and joints, it can also establish pelvic balance. That can provide your baby with as much space as possible over the course of your pregnancy. This may lead to a faster, easier labor and delivery.
At Papillion Chiropractic our approach is simple. We believe that health is among our most valuable possessions. And while we generally meet people after they’ve lost their health, our commitment is to offer you hope and more importantly, a plan. Drs. Kurt and Tonya Boeckenhauer can begin the process of restoring your spinal health and body mechanics. Contact us!