You're growing your family, YAY, and your body is showing some signs of growing pains. Yuck.
Sometimes, pregnancy can be an uncomfortable experience. Here are some reasons why and how you can find more comfort in your bliss.
1. As you gain weight during pregnancy, particularly in the abdomen, there is downward, forward pull that occurs in the body – this increases pressure on the spine. Nerves too, are affected by that extra weight. That’s why you’ll often experience low back or hip pain, or maybe even sciatica. A chiropractor can offer gentle and safe adjustments to relieve pressure and alleviate pain.
2. Get to know Relaxin. There’s a lot of misconception about this hormone that kicks into high gear during pregnancy. Generally speaking, Relaxin loosens the ligaments and joints (particularly around the pelvic area) during pregnancy. This, of course, is to help with labor.
The result however, is that other muscles have to work overtime to keep the body balanced and stable. After all, we can’t have everything in the body relaxed! As the muscles work extra hard to maintain your posture, many women feel extreme tightness and tension in the hip, neck, shoulder, and low back area. Chiropractors can help with this.
3. According to recent studies, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. The need for pain relief during labor was also reduced by 50% in the patients who received adjustments throughout their pregnancy. So why not give it a try?
If you’re still having reservations, it’s natural. Choose a chiropractor who has extensive experience treating pregnant clients and she can talk you through any fears or concerns you might have. Dr Haydene Lee has been practicing since 1992 and is available to answer any questions you might have. Call today for a free consult, 416.792.1100