Pregnancy

Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

As many new mothers know, the muscle strains of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. The average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds, combined with the increased stress placed on the body by the baby may result in severe discomfort. Studies have found that around half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancy. This is especially true during late pregnancy, when the baby's head presses down on a woman's back, legs and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. And for those who already suffer from low-back pain, the problem can become even worse.

During pregnancy, a woman's centre of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. This displaced weight increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal discs. In compensation, the normal curvature of the upper spine increases, as well.

While these changes sound dramatic, pregnancy hormones help loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. But even these natural changes designed to accommodate the growing baby can result in postural imbalances, making pregnant women prone to extra aches and pains.

Chiropractic care can

  1. Correct vertebral misalignment and relieve pressure with gentle and effective adjustments.
  2. Help ensure that pelvic bones are properly aligned.
  3. Re-establish the natural position and mobility of the joints.
  4. Relax over tight muscles that are under strain.

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