Throughout the course of your pregnancy, there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby:
- Centre of gravity moves forward increasing the forward curve of your lower spine and placing extra strain and force through the lower spinal joints.
- The hormone relaxin loosens joints; increasing mobility and decreasing stability which may aggravate previous joint injuries and amplifies pelvic imbalances.
- Growing baby and increased foetal movement, creates an expansion of lower rib cage which can aggravate mid-spine joints that are connected to ribs.
- Increased breast size to prepare for lactation can put additional strain on upper thoracic joints.
- Modified gait (walking pattern) becomes wide, creating a variation in skeletal joint and muscle mobility. This may aggravate the pelvic joints, hip joints and sciatic nerves.
- Modified posture through shoulders to offset the change in the centre of gravity causes loss of the normal neck curve, which can lead to headaches.
Chiropractic can help you better manage these changes as your pregnancy progresses.
Is chiropractic safe for pregnant women?
- Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free discipline meaning that the risks associated with it are very low. Adverse events are very rare and your chiropractor will assess you individually for any risks before commencing care.
- In general, there are no increased risks or side effects with chiropractic for pregnant women.
- Your chiropractor will also use special techniques and table modifications to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.
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