Many people visit the chiropractor when they experience discomfort in their back or other extremities. It only makes sense that pregnant women would also seek chiropractic treatment to relieve the strain placed on their back during pregnancy. Approximately half of all pregnant women experience low-back pain during the nine months that they are pregnant, particularly in the last trimester. In addition to the 25-35 extra pounds gained while pregnant, a shift in center of gravity in a woman’s body occurs, increasing joint stress and lower back curvature. The loosening of ligaments can also create postural imbalances and make expecting mothers more susceptible to tripping and falling.
Ways that the chiropractor can help:
- Before deciding to have a child, a woman can see her chiropractor to determine imbalances that could lead to discomfort during pregnancy and neuromusculoskeletal problems after the baby is born.
- Chiropractors can provide relief to women by adjusting their spines and reducing low-back pain.
- Chiropractors can also give women nutritional, ergonomic, and exercise advice so that they can maintain healthy lifestyles while they are pregnant.
- Chiropractic treatment can also benefit women who have just given birth. Ligaments that were loosened during pregnancy tighten back up quickly after having a baby, and joint problems that were caused by activity during pregnancy can be corrected before the ligaments go back to their normal state.
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Source: American Chiropractic Association (http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=85)