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Chiropractic Advice for Moms-to-Be

August 3, 2019
Mature Woman having chiropractic adjustment

It is a fact that most new moms are affected by a certain muscle strain, which is very common condition that can cause discomfort for these child-bearing people. Most pregnant women may gain weight up to 25 to 30 lbs and an increased stress may result in extreme discomfort. Some studies shows that most of the expectant mothers are experiencing low-back pain during the course of pregnancy, which is true especially during late pregnancy. This happens when the baby’s head is being pressed down on the mother’s buttocks, legs and back. For those women who have already low-back pain, their condition can become worse.
When the woman is pregnant, her center of cavity will instantly start to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Even though, her posterior section or sacrum of the pelvis may have enough depth to bear a baby, the added weigh can still enhances the stress to the joints. As the baby develops, the mother’s weight will increase dramatically as well as her lower back will also increased, which will also enhances the stress to the spinal disks. In addition, the upper spine’s curvature will also increase.

Moreover, these changes on the women’s body sounds dramatic, when they are pregnant, the hormones will loosen the ligaments that are attached to the pelvic bones. Even though these natural changes are intended to assist the developing baby may also cause to postural imbalances like being prone to an difficult trips or falls.

What Can You Do?

The American Chiropractic Association has provided the following tips for the pregnant women:
Exercise

  • During pregnancy exercise is also important because it helps the muscle to be strong and avoid discomfort. Exercise at least 3 times a week is ideal, a simple stretching is also needed before and after exercise. Be sure to talk to your chiropractor, so that they can advise you appropriate exercise for you.
  • Activities like stationary cycling, swimming and walking are ideal exercises for pregnant women because it strengthens their cardiovascular system and this activity doesn’t require bouncing or jerking movements.
  • Make sure to choose the appropriate and safe area for exercising to lessen dangerous trips or falls. The pregnant women heart beat must not go over 140 beats for every minute during the exercise. Stressful activity must be avoided.
  • Discontinue your exercise right away if you observe any strange symptoms like heart palpitations, increased swelling, blurred vision, weakness, nausea, dizziness and vaginal bleeding.

Health and Safety

  • Pregnant women shouldn’t wear high-heels or chunky heels because it can aggravate postural imbalances as well as prevents you to maintain balance during pregnancy.
  • When picking up kids do not bent from the waist, instead bend from the knees.  Do not turn the head as you lift. As possible avoid picking weighty objects.
  • Get a lot of rest, if you are tired lie down and raise your feet for several moments if you need break.

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