Giving birth is one of the most challenging experiences, both physically and emotionally, that a woman will ever experience. With regard to physical recovery from the event, support is crucial to keep Mom feeling healthy, comfortable, and feeling capable of caring for a tiny newborn. You might be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can actually be extremely helpful at this time.
During pregnancy, the mother’s body produces a hormone called relaxin, which does exactly what the name implies; it relaxes the ligaments and joints of the pelvis, so that the baby can pass through during birth. While that part of physical changes makes logical sense, loosening of the pelvis can lead to temporary instability, aches, and pains. And if any birth injuries occur (which are common), even more pain and discomfort is the unfortunate result.
Aside from the birth process itself, caring for a newborn can be extremely demanding on the new mother’s body. During the postpartum period, symptoms such as back and shoulder pain, neck pain, and headaches are common. These result from the strain of birth, the physical demands of carrying and breastfeeding a baby 24/7, and of course, stress.
As during any other time of life, chiropractic care supports the nervous system and helps the body’s messaging system communicate productively. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on nerves and help the spine to correctly align so that all body systems communicate and function more optimally.
Chiropractic care can also be aimed at improving posture and learning ergonomic movement, so that new mothers coping with the demands of a newborn can lessen muscle pain and stiffness. Proper posture can also aid in breastfeeding and help with a smoother recovery as the mother transitions back into regular exercise.
And finally, because the pelvis and pelvic floor can be so traumatized by the birth process, supportive care is crucial to recovery of important functions and prevention of future embarrassing symptoms.
If you’re due to give birth soon, or are experiencing discomfort after a recent birth, call our office to schedule a consultation. We will discuss your specific symptoms in more detail and make a treatment plan to help you bounce back during this challenging, but so rewarding, time in your life.