During pregnancy a woman’s body releases many hormones. One of these hormones is relaxin. Relaxin reduces ligament tension which allows for the opening of the pelvis and creates room for the baby and eventually for the baby to travel through the birth canal. Unfortunately, relaxin may affect many or all of the ligaments in the woman’s body, not just the ones that will help facilitate the birth process. This may cause the neck, upper back, and shoulder pain that many expectant mothers have. As the pregnancy progresses, the uterus enlarges and the mother’s center of gravity changes. This causes significant strain on the muscles and ligaments of the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic care can help relieve these common pains and allow the mother to have a more comfortable pregnancy.
The best time to be checked for fixations is before you would like to become pregnant. Beginning a pregnancy with a properly aligned spine allows for a more comfortable pregnancy. If you are already pregnant, chiropractic adjustments still can and should be given throughout your pregnancy to allow your body to be free of fixations.
Chiropractic care is a safe, natural alternative to relieve low back pain, neck pain, or other musculoskeletal issues, but an expectant mother should still seek chiropractic care even if she is free of pain. Chiropractic care can help you and your baby obtain a healthier pregnancy and delivery. It is gentle and safe. Studies have shown that women who receive chiropractic adjustments while pregnant (especially in the third trimester) are able to carry and deliver their children more comfortably, with less need for pain medication and interventions during labor and delivery.
Dr. Stratton treats the musculoskeletal pains that occur during pregnancy, but also help the expectant mother with her nutritional evaluation and diet. It is not just an old wives tale that you are “eating for two”. That does not mean that a pregnant woman needs to just increase her calories by two-fold, but she has to choose the right foods for the growth and development of her baby. For those expectant mothers who suffer from morning sickness, we offer acupuncture and herbal remedies which greatly decrease the frequency and severity of the nausea.