Is Pregnancy Literally Weighing You Down? | Alameda Chiropractor
Make chiropractic an important part of your Pre- and Post-partum Pregnancy care plan.
Pregnancy feels great for some women and not so great for others. The pregnant woman’s body undergoes extreme changes in a short period of time, from weight gain to hormonal shifts. So if you’re thinking about chiropractic care during pregnancy, you might want to consider some of the benefits, such as:
- Less overall pregnancy-related physical stress
- Easier labor
- Healthier baby
Welcome to Symmetry Health Center-Oakland and Alameda’s new Pregnancy Series, dedicated to sharing our perspective on pregnancy health and chiropractic treatment. Here we’re going share with you the latest science behind pre-natal chiropractic care, what it takes to have a successful labor and delivery, and post-partum health strategies.
Hormones Up, Hormones Down, Hormones All Around
Pregnant women experience hormonal spikes and drops unique to their condition, making for some interesting mood swings – ask any pregnant woman’s partner or best friend. Prenatal chiropractic care can have a positive regulating effect on hormonal fluctuations.
One of the ‘nicer’ hormones, Relaxin, released in increasing amounts during pregnancy, allows the ligaments to lengthen, stretch, and literally relax so the body can make room for the growing baby and prepare the mother’s body for the work of childbirth. But all of this can also create some instability.
A chiropractor at Symmetry Health Center can help you access the behavior of these ligaments. If they become too taught or too stretched, gentle compression techniques can help maintain ligament integrity within the system.
Low Back and Pelvic Pressure from Weight Gain
Concentrated and rapid weight gain, especially around the belly, is par for the course. The body does its best to adapt, but two things can happen:
- Your posture can become distorted.
- Your lower back and pelvis feel increased pressure.
This added pressure inevitably affects the joints and discs of the vertebra of the spine. Sometimes all of this pressure and discomfort can cause the baby to be squeezed beyond a healthy, normal degree. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can help mobilize these joints and ease the compression created by the additional load.
Evaluation of Corrective Positioning of Baby for Health and Delivery
Excessive stress on your pregnant body can lead to positioning and health issues for the baby, particularly during the 3rd trimester. This can lead to complications in the birthing process and in some cases, result in in-utero trauma to the baby. This is why a chiropractic evaluation by Symmetry Health Center of in-utero constraint can be helpful. See this article in Dynamic Chiropractic about the importance of chiropractic pre-natal evaluation.
Chiropractors at Symmetry Health Center Oakland and Alameda are trained in repositioning techniques that allow for an easier birthing process and help prevent pain or damage during pregnancy.
Take Care of Yourself, Take Care of Baby
Symmetry’s team of doctors and practitioners are passionate about helping you have the healthiest pregnancy and most beautiful birth possible. We invite you to learn more about the benefits of Symmetry Health Center and prenatal chiropractic care. Make an appointment today for a no-charge consultation with one of our highly trained doctors in our Oakland and Alameda offices.
Keep a look out for more in this new series on Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care at Symmetry Health Center.