If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that back pain often comes with the territory. Getting back relief in pregnancy can improve your experience with both pregnancy and delivery.
At Whole Health Chiropractic, we know this is true because my wife Kelsey just had a baby! The baby was born a few days ago and we couldn’t be more excited to meet her!
Kelsey had a healthy pregnancy, but if you’re pregnant then you know pregnancy always means a lot of changes in the body. As the unborn baby grows, a woman’s body releases a hormone called relaxin, which causes changes in the joints, ligaments and other aspects of the musculoskeletal system.
The hormone is thought to allow the ligaments and tendons to accommodate the growth of the baby, but it can also shift the body into uncomfortable positions. A woman’s center of gravity shifts during pregnancy, causing potentially painful misalignment.
Other causes include weight gain, muscle stress or muscle separation, or the baby putting pressure on the blood vessels and nerves of the back. These changes don’t just affect the back. A woman may also experience problems with her shoulders, ribs, hips and neck, as well as headaches.
Exercise may help manage these problems, but remember that the type of exercise you do during pregnancy is determined by what you did before pregnancy. Walking or swimming is usually safe for most women, but this blog is no substitute for individual medical advice.
Coping Strategies for Back Relief in Pregnancy
How did Kelsey cope with her pregnancy related back pain? I adjusted Kelsey two or even three times a week to help her cope with the changes in her body. The chiropractic care alleviated some of the problems that can cause pain and helped keep her more comfortable.
I offer prenatal chiropractic care as part of my practice and I can help you ease any pain you may be experiencing. I evaluate each patient individually and create a treatment plan designed just for her. The treatment may include adjustments, a wellness assessment and appropriate exercise recommendations.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy doesn’t just help with pain. It can also help the baby find the best position for birth. Moms under the care of a chiropractor often report easier and faster labor and delivery.
McKinley Grace was born on October 6th. She was 6 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 ¼ inches long. We are delighted to let you know that mom, dad, and baby are all healthy and happy.
Chiropractic care helped keep Kelsey healthy and comfortable during the pregnancy. If you’re on your own pregnancy journey, come in and see us. We can help you keep the focus on your baby instead of on your back.