Your Changing Body
As your baby grows, the center of gravity in your body shifts forward causing an increase in the curve of your low back. This will increase the stress on your spine as well as cause a tightening in the muscles of your low back. Other muscles including the psoas, tensor fascia lata, quadratas lumborum, and piriformis are put under new stresses as they work to support your baby’s increasing weight. Additionally, your body will begin to release hormones which cause a slackening in the ligaments that support your pelvis causing hypermobility and pain in your sacroiliac joints.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe throughout pregnancy for both mother and baby. Chiropractors will work to relax your overworked muscles as well as ease pain by ensuring the hypermobile joints of your low back are in proper alignment. Chiropractic appointments should be scheduled regularly throughout your pregnancy at least bimonthly during the first trimester and with increasing frequency in the later stages of pregnancy.
Pain can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety, neither of which are good for mom or baby. Getting adjusted regularly while pregnant can help ease your pain and make the process of having a baby much easier.
Jacob W Harris, D.C.
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