Expectant mothers will have some discomfort throughout their pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum—or posterior section of the pelvis—has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks.
The American Chiropractic Association recommends the following tips for pregnant women:
- Exercise– Safe exercise during pregnancy can help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Try exercising at least three times a week, gently stretching before and after exercise. Walking, swimming, and stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women because they do not require jerking or bouncing movements.
- Health and Safety– Wear flat, sensible shoes. High or chunky heels can exacerbate postural imbalances and make you less steady on your feet, especially as your pregnancy progresses. Get plenty of rest.
- Nutrition– Eat small meals or snacks every four to five hours— rather than the usual three large meals—to help keep nausea or extreme hunger at bay.
A chiropractor can be helpful before and after pregnancy. I will be able to help make adjustments to provide relief throughout the pregnancy and also reduce the muscle tension.