Expectant mothers have a true gift because they are able to experience every move their child makes for nine months. At some point during those nine months, typically towards the 2nd and 3rd trimester, 50% of expectant mothers share one common occurrence: they will develop low back pain. As the baby grows, your belly grows and in a healthy pregnancy, you will be expected to gain between 25 and 30 pounds. With the extra weight, you will find your center balance point shifting and increasing the strain on your lower back.
To help relieve some of the pain in your lower back during pregnancy, it is important to follow some of these guidelines. For starters, wear flat shoes with good arch support to avoid putting extra pressure on the lower back and use a pregnancy pillow or full body pillow when sleeping to help stabilize your spine.
One of the safest, most successful ways of relieving pregnancy related back pain is through regular chiropractic care. In successful cases, the result will not only lead to relief from low back pain, but will also lead to an easier delivery when that time comes. Afraid that chiropractic care is unhealthy for the expecting mother and the child? Scientific studies have proven that chiropractic spinal manipulation does not pose a risk to the mother or baby. Additionally, chiropractors who are Webster certified are well versed in adjusting pregnant women and to reduce their chances of a breached pregnancy.
Additionally, practices such as acupuncture can help with a number of problems experienced by pregnant mothers, such as morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, fatigue, and insomnia. Acupuncture is extremely safe for pregnant women, and an acceptable method of addressing common discomforts and conditions that occur. During your pregnancy, you are typically advised to avoid taking prescription medication, and even most over-the-counter medication, because it can affect your child. Acupuncture is holistic, drug-free, and completely natural, making it the perfect alternative to medication and other unsafe practices.
Chiropractic care is also very helpful to the new mom after delivery. Ligaments, which loosened during pregnancy, begin tightening. It is important that your joints be aligned before your muscles return to their pre-pregnancy state. It is wise to have your new bundle of joy checked by the chiropractor as well.
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