A woman’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis during pregnancy. Due to the extra weight in front, stress is caused to the joints, the lower back and pelvis. During the time of the pregnancy and as the baby grows in size, additional weight causes the lower back curvature to increase which places more stress on the fragile facet joints on the backside of the spine. Pre-existing problems in a woman’s spine before pregnancy are enhanced and because of this, there may be pain and difficulty in performing normal daily activities.
Studies have shown that approximately half of expectant mothers develop lower-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. The third trimester is the worst for these pains because it is when the baby’s body gains the most weight. Going to a chiropractor throughout pregnancy can help relieve and even prevent the discomfort and pain experienced during the pregnancy. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way that helps the pelvis and spine cope with the fast increase in physical stress. It was reported by many women that chiropractic care helped avoid the use of pain medications during pregnancy and the reduction spent in in labor by having chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors help you to a healthy and less pained pregnancy.
Tips from a Chiropractor for pregnant women:
Make sure to get adjusted regularly. Maintaining healthy skeletal structures and nervous system function throughout childbirth and pregnancy is something that can be done through chiropractic care.
Try your best not to wear heels! Wear flat shoes with lots of arch support. A pregnant woman is more vulnerable in getting injured due to the increase in body weight as well as the ligaments that support the feel becoming more lax.
Lay on your side with a pillow in between the knees when sleeping. This helps take the pressure off your lower back.
Light and gentle exercises should be done each day. Walking, swimming, and stationed cycling are safe cardio exercises for pregnant women. If you notice any unusual symptoms, stop exercise immediately.
Bend from the knees and not your wait when picking up children or items. Lower-back pain is more prone to injury during pregnancy.