As a pregnancy progresses, a lot of biomechanical changes take place. The centre of gravity for the body changes, the spinal curves change, posture compensates for it, and as the hormone Relaxin gets pumped through the system, the joints start to loosen in preparation for labour. All these things can lead to low back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, and even things like headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Having regular chiropractic care throughout these stages can be extremely beneficial. Benefits of prenatal chiropractic treatments include reduced back and pelvic pain and relieving fatigued, aching muscles.
Once baby has arrived, moms can forget to take care of themselves. There is added tension on the body from sitting many hours breastfeeding or feeding, lack of sleep and carrying baby or other children. This is one of the most important time for moms to take care of herself, so they can meet the demands of their daily life.
Prenatal and postpartum women may be affected by the following conditions:
- Poor posture
- Upper and/or Mid-back pain (“between the shoulder blades”)
- Neck pain and/or headaches
- Wrist and/or elbow pain (carpal tunnel and tendonitis)
- Lower back pain (or any tension felt along the spine)
- Sciatic pain
- Hip pain
- Pelvic pain
- Pelvic floor dysfunction (No, you don’t have to pee yourself just because you gave birth)
- Diastasis Recti (Separation of your abs)
These conditions can be managed and/or prevented through exercises (including BirthFit), gentle chiropractic adjustments, activator adjustments, cupping, IASTM, muscle release, taping, and proper sleep positions.
Dr. Samantha de Castro provides prenatal, postnatal and family chiropractic care. She is also a BirthFit professional, integrating fitness, nutrition, mindset and connection in the care of prenatal and postpartum mothers.