I was speaking to a wonderfully pregnant mom in the office today (I know… just like every other day), and she made the comparison between her current pregnancy under chiropractic and her previous pregnancy with no chiropractic care. She had a great deal of pain and difficulty walking with her 1st pregnancy and she just thought it was normal (and was told this by her doctor as well). She thought she just had to live with it until the baby was born. And ultimately that is exactly what she did.
In her second pregnancy, a friend told her about chiropractic and she decided to give it a try. She was 17 weeks pregnancy and was already having similar pain to her previous pregnancy and she just couldn’t imagine going through it all again. She hoped Chiropractic could help and she was very happy when she realized that it can.
This scenario is a very common one I see in my office each and every day. Pregnant women are told that they can expect to be in pain and that it is normal. My response to this statement always is, “Pain in pregnancy is common, but just because it is common does not make it normal”. A woman’s body is designed for pregnancy. However we are not designed for the wear and tear that our bodies go through in this day in age. For example, we are not designed to sit at a desk for hours on end working at a computer (OK… I’ll remind my self to get up and stretch here). We are hard on our bodies, and our bodies are built to adapt and withstand these type of stressors. And the majority of time our body will adapt and accommodate for these stressors. However in pregnancy, the hormone relaxin can often act as a “highlighter” and bring some of these previously stressed areas to the forefront. For example, we may consistently sit with our legs crossed with our right leg over the left. This posture pattern over time can create a rotation effect on the pelvis that the body has to adapt to. In this example, a non-pregnant woman may be able to adapt and correct this posture pattern for years with no real observable problems. However, take this same woman in pregnancy and this long standing postural habit becomes accentuated with the addition of relaxin and it becomes a problem she can no longer ignore.
Chiropractic in pregnancy is gentle and effective at addressing long standing stressors to the spine & pelvis. Not only does a well functioning spine and pelvis assist in keeping Mom comfortable throughout her pregnancy, it can also help prepare for labor and assist with postpartum healing. That is why Chiropractic and Pregnancy is like Peanut Butter and Jelly…. they just go together.