During pregnancy, a woman’s body is changing and grows at an amazing rate. With the belly expanding forward away from the center of gravity, the woman will feel a pull on her low back and pelvic pressure. The increased demand for the spinal and pelvic ligaments, muscles, and joints can leave the pregnant mother with aches and pains. Dr. Melanie specializes in pre/postnatal care and is a certified BirthFit Professional. She is also certified in the Webster Technique, which aids in reducing in-utero restrictions. The better-positioned baby is for birth, the better mom will feel, and the easier the birth may be. A chiropractor is a great asset to have for your birthing team. It is important to know all of your choices so you can make an informed decision and have the birthing experience you desire.
Our goals are to:
- Align the uterus so the baby can enter the pelvis in the optimal position.
- Release tight ligaments or muscles which may pull or twist, causing pelvic pain during pregnancy or discomfort during birth.
- Open the pelvis with adjustments and exercises to let the baby move down during the birth process.
- Provide information so parents can know their options, make informed choices, be active participants in their baby’s birth, and understand the entire process.
Sacral analysis and adjustments are performed with soft tissue techniques throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate imbalances. Due to adaptations throughout pregnancy from the increase of hormones, weight gain, and postural compensations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral misalignments, muscle tension, and mechanical imbalance than the general population. By reducing nervous system stress, pregnant mothers may experience significant benefits. Having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy optimizes health benefits for both the mother and baby. Chiropractic care and exercises provided will support the optimal range of motion, and spinal alignment with the goal of accomplishing a mix of mobility and stability for the pelvis. Decreased pain, comfort, and improved function will return to the mom’s body.
In fact, many women will start chiropractic care in the first trimester of their pregnancy. This can help with symptoms like back pain, but can also prepare your back and body to better handle the postural changes that often accompany any pregnant patient.
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:
- a protruding abdomen resulting in an increased curve of your back
- changes to your pelvis as your body begins to prepare for labor
- adaptations to your posture
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.
Ideally, you should notify your prenatal chiropractor as soon as you find out you are pregnant. While no significant modifications to care are necessary early on, there may be certain exercises or stretches your chiropractor will recommend for you, and others they may suggest you avoid.