Let’s talk pregnancy for a minute, ladies. There are so many changes happening to your body, aside from the (amazing!) process of a baby growing inside:
Your breasts are getting bigger, therefore, pulling your neck and shoulders forward into an increased forward flexed position increasing that thoracic kyphosis.
The hormone Relaxin is increasing in your body causing your joints and ligaments to loosen.
Other additional hormones increasing throughout your pregnancy can contribute to headaches and cause increased muscular tension.
Your uterus and abdomen are getting bigger, while at the same time muscles in your low back tighten to keep you upright.
Your center of gravity shifts forward (pregnancy is the only time in a female’s life that the postural line will shift forward at such a quick pace).
Your lumbar lordosis or the curve of your low back increases which results in tilting your pelvis forward and putting different biomechanical stresses on your pelvis and pubic symphysis (hence the resulting friction and pubic symphysis discomfort).
Your uterus puts upward pressure on your diaphragm and esophagus.
Now on top of these changes, we sit – a lot. For most of us, sitting is a large percentage of our day.
To recap: weight gain + hormonal changes + sedentary lifestyle = increased possibility of pain during pregnancy!
So how do you alleviate that pain naturally? (Without pain medication, which you probably are not able to take anyway)
Chiropractic care is the answer, specifically Webster’s technique which is a specific and gentle method of analysis and correction of the stresses that pregnancy puts on your body. The goal is to balance the pelvis, sacrum and surrounding muscles and ligaments. This not only reduces pain and helps you feel more comfortable through the duration of your pregnancy, but also helps provide the optimal environment for your baby to move into proper positioning for labor and delivery.
You do not have to spend your pregnancy in pain and discomfort- call our Mount Pleasant Chiropractic office today to schedule an appointment or ask how chiropractic care can assist you through your pregnancy.
– By Jodi Kennedy D.C.