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Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

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It has been reported that about 50% of pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy and up to 70% of women experience back pain during labor. With stats like these, it only makes sense to seek some sort of preventative care, however, only about 21% of pregnant women with back pain seek consultation with their medical physicians.

Why so Much Pain?

Pain in pregnancy happens for two reasons. The first is that ligaments (the holding elements that hold our bones and joints together) are loosened by a pregnancy hormone called “Relaxin”. On the one hand, Relaxin is helpful because it allows the pelvis to expand in order to accommodate a growing baby, but it can also be harmful because it can sometimes create too much mobility in the joints (also known as “hypermobility”). The negative effects of Relaxin can be counteracted by strong spinal and core muscles. The second reason for pain is due to the fact that the center of gravity in the woman’s body is forced to shift forward due to the growing belly. As the curve in the low back is increased due to the forward projecting belly, it forces the mid-back to compensate and cause women to lean back. The neck, in turn, compensates by moving forward (head is therefore also forward) and this creates the “swayback” posture we often see in pregnant women. The loosening in the ligaments and the swayback posture result in extra stress on the joints and ultimately back pain. No wonder almost half of women experience back pain during their pregnancy!

Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy-

  • More comfortable pregnancy and delivery
  • Reduced labour time
  • Relief from back pain during pregnancy

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What About Postpartum

Once the baby has been born, postpartum women have major physiological changes ahead of them as their body begins to return to where it was pre-pregnancy. As Relaxin leaves the body and the ligaments start to tighten up, it is important to make sure that the joints are properly aligned and moving well. Extra stressors on the body (such as breastfeeding, lack of sleep, carrying the baby and car seats) can also cause extra discomfort that can be alleviated with proper care and exercises.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care After Pregnancy: Post-Natal

  • Hands-on care help to restore normal joint mobility and nerve function which is very important in speeding up recovery and healing.
  • Individualized strengthening exercises will help to improve core strength reducing the chances of pain returning

Why Include Exercise: Pre and Post-Natal

As women move through the many stages of pregnancy, both pre and postnatal, the body goes through huge amounts of physical change as it accommodates for the growing fetus. This process is then reversed once the baby has been born. The core muscles, as well as the pelvic floor muscles, can weaken and it is important to strengthen these muscles in order to avoid chronic pain. Good posture, cardiovascular health, and strength are crucial in maintaining a healthy, and comfortable pregnancy. Drs. Maja and Cam can make individualized suggestions for proper strengthening exercises.

Common Conditions of Pregnancy that Respond to Chiropractic Care:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Mid-back and neck pains
  • Headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinosis
  • Groin and leg pains

If you or someone close to has been experiencing any of these symptoms they could likely be a result the rapid changes occurring during pregnancy

At Edgar Family Chiropractic, we offer safe and gentle techniques to relax your back right up to the time of delivery. We have doctors who are passionate about making pregnancy as comfortable as possible for every woman and who are specifically certified in the Webster Technique. This technique is a gentle, safe technique that helps to bring balance to the pelvis and allows for optimal fetal positioning. It has also been shown to be effective with some breech presentations.

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Pregnancy Care

November 2013 Newsletter – PREGNANCY CARE

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe and drug-free approach to helping with pains and aches while maintaining your health during this changing time.

Common conditions of pregnancy that respond to chiropractic care

  • Lower back pain
  • Sacroiliac joint problems
  • Mid-back and neck pains
  • Headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendonitis
  • Groin and leg pains

Scientific studies suggest that women who have chiropractic care during their pregnancies have:

  • Less back pain and discomfort.
  • Shorter labour. Chiropractic care was shown to shorten delivery times by 24% in the first pregnancy and 39% in later pregnancies.
  • Significantly less back pain during labour

Pre-Pregnancy Care

If you are thinking of having a baby, a chiropractic evaluation can ensure that your spine and hips will be up to the challenges of 9 months of pregnancy and delivery. We will set you up on an appropriate strengthening and stretching exercise program and suggest that you start taking a multi-vitamin now and increase your fruits, grains, vegetables, and high-quality protein. Do not smoke or drink alcohol.

Post Delivery Care

Studies show that 50% of women with chronic lower back pain developed after pregnancy. Early chiropractic care and proper exercises can help restore your body. Because your body has endured 9 months of postural changes and weight gain, coupled with the strain of delivery or C-section, the first 2 to 6 weeks after delivery are the best time to have your spine and pelvis checked.

Newborn/Baby Care

To ensure the best start for your child, we provide a complete spinal and body evaluation for your newborn. Even though the best efforts of your midwife or doctor, your infant’s spine, particularly the neck, may be placed under stress during delivery. By using very gentle techniques, spinal problems can be corrected easily.

Exercise Tips for the Pregnant Woman

  • Avoid holding your breath.
  • Avoid sudden changes in level or posture, such as standing up too quickly.
  • Always keep your back in a neutral position, and include pelvic tilts whenever possible.
  • Avoid long periods of lying on your back. Roll onto your side if your hands start to tingle.
  • Always wear running shoes when you are exercising. In the house wear supportive shoes or sandals with a good arch.
  • Wear a strong supportive bra. Note the size may change putting pressure on your shoulders.
  • Exercise within your target heart rate. Get help if you are unsure of this.
  • Remember to lie down and stand up correctly. By slightly squeezing your buttocks together and tightening your abdominal muscles you will move much easier.
  • Check for abdominal muscle separation regularly. Ask your chiropractor for details. If separation starts, don’t do abdominal exercises until instructed.
  • Always bend one knee when on your back or have a pillow under the knees.
  • In this case, pain means stop exercising.
  • Eat some form of carbohydrate 1 –2 hours before your exercise class to prevent low blood sugar and lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Take a break when you feel tired
  • If you feel pain in your pelvic/groin areas, do pelvictilts on all fours (pelvic rocks).

Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Dr. Maja Edgar is passionate about making pregnancy as comfortable as possible for every woman. She is certified in the WEBSTER TECHNIQUE. This is a gentle, safe technique that helps bring balance to the pelvis and allows for optimal fetal positioning. It has also been shown to be effective in some breech presentations. We are excited to inform you that Dr. Maja will be teaming up with Dr. Andrea Maxim (Naturopath) and Michelle Hache (one of Burlington’s best labour doulas) to present two seminars at Edgar Family Chiropractic:

1. “Optimizing Fertility the Natural Way” -November 19th 7:00-8:00 PM
2. “An Integrative Approach to a Healthy Pregnancy”-December 3rd 7:00-8:00 PM

REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED. PLEASE RSVP AT 289-337-1202 OR AT info@edgarchiropractic.ca

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