Pregnancy takes a toll on the female body. As the baby grows and shifts, so does the mother’s body. Often times the mother will complain of low back pain. This is not uncommon since the center of gravity has now moved out towards the growing belly. This puts lots of strain on the low back vertebrae, soft tissues, as well as the pelvis which results in a change of posture. If you are experiencing these problems, chiropractic can help you.
As the baby grows, the pelvis starts to shift down in abdomen. This causes a misalignment that could make the birth a little more difficult by reducing the amount of space available for the growing baby. When the pelvis rolls forwards, it also affects the position of the lumbar spine, thus causing it to increase its curvature. By increasing the curve in the low back, the nerves in this area now have smaller holes to leave the spine which could cause sharp or shooting pain as well as numbness or tingling in the lower extremities. Many times pregnant women experience sciatic pain which is pain that can be on one or both sides of the buttocks that sends sharp, shooting pain down the back of the leg to the knee.
When the spine curves with the belly as it grows forward, the woman has to offset that change and shirt of weight by recruiting more muscles in the back to stand upright. This can cause spasms and fatigue when standing or sitting for long periods of time.
The pregnant body needs to shift and grow to accommodate the growing fetus. Thankfully the hormone relaxin makes this possible with very small amounts of discomfort by allowing the body to become a bit looser. However, that same hormone affects the whole body which can change the alignment of the spine in the mother which can be uncomfortable and even painful.
Some of the benefits of seeing a chiropractor during your pregnancy are:
- reducing the time of the labor and delivery
- relieving back pain and other joint pain
- having an overall healthier pregnancy
Talk to your doctor. Many OBs are referring their patients to chiropractors to help decrease the discomforts of pregnancy.
As a Doctor of chiropractic, we are here to help. If you are unsure about what chiropractic can do for you, ask for a consultation to see what your options are. You will be happy you did!