Congratulations! We received word from the stork that you are expecting a baby. We’re sure this is a most exciting time for you and we would like to take some time to discuss some health issues that may arise during your pregnancy, so that you may have as enjoyable a pregnancy as possible. We know that it can be a pain at times. Pun intended!
If you have had spinal pain in the past, particularly lower back pain, you are much more likely to experience aggravations of these symptoms due to the changes that will occur in your body during your pregnancy.
70% of pregnant women report lower back pain at some point during their pregnancy, and that this pain affects their sleeping patterns and daily activities. During pregnancy, the hormone relaxin is released, causing muscle and ligament relaxation. These chemical changes in the body, coupled with increased weight gain and a change in the weight distribution in the body, all contribute to this lower back pain. This pain is a manifestation of the changes in the curvature of the spine due to increased weight gain and a new bundle of joy in the abdomen. Accompanying the changes in the curvature of the spine are spinal misalignments which, in turn affect the nerves, muscles, and joints of the body. Other areas where pregnant women commonly experience pain include the neck, the ribs, the middle back, and in the legs.
The use of medications is limited or sometimes restricted altogether during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can be a natural alternative to pain relief. Local obstetricians refer to me on a regular basis to help expectant moms ease the pain from their bundle of joy. Although the use of electronic stimulation by chiropractors is restricted during pregnancy, gentle hands-on manipulation of the joints and spine, soft tissue (muscle) therapy, the use of hot or cold packs, and special exercises can be used by a chiropractor to help alleviate any pain experienced.
Aside from relieving pain symptoms and spinal stressors, chiropractic care during pregnancy can also ease delivery for some mothers due to a realigned pelvis and spine. Now THAT is something every expectant mother wants!
Something worth considering for the health of your unborn child is dietary supplementation with folic acid. Folic acid is essential for any woman who is pregnant or planning on getting pregnant because it reduces the likelihood of neural tube defects.
Please note that we have special accommodations (tables and pillows) in the office to help assist with individual needs as the body changes.
Dr. De Brine and the office staff are always available for any questions or concerns patients may have about their care, so feel free to ask or bring them to our attention. They look forward to beginning your treatment and following your progress as you experience the benefits of chiropractic care. Please call or contact us through the form on this page to schedule an appointment.