Despite what our media and culture tell us, pregnancy and giving birth are things a woman’s body is absolutely designed to do! However, the spine and pelvis need more support during this time than ever, as extra weight, a shift forward in the center of gravity, and extra relaxin (a hormone that makes things move around more than usual to prepare for birth). Small misalignments often magnify with pregnancy unless we do something to balance our bodies.
Here are some of the most common reasons for misalignment, low back or pelvic pain, sciatica, pelvic or pubic bone pain, and round ligament pain:
-Having a shorter leg or a scoliosis as an underlying condition
-Standing with more weight on one leg
-Holding older children consistently on the same hip
-Sitting at a desk with your body or head frequently twisting more to one side
-Sitting too much, especially while slouching back.
-Sleeping! Though it may be quite difficult to find a comfortable position while pregnant, keeping good alignment helps prevent further pain and problems. It’s all about the pillows, ladies!
If you’d like to learn more about how to achieve, support, and maintain proper alignment throughout pregnancy, come to our Bellies and Birth class! Please call or email us to schedule for the next class. If you need help immediately, we would love to do a consult and see if chiropractic and the Webster’s Technique could be of benefit to you.