Many women experience back pain, neck pain, headaches and other spine related issues while they are pregnant. Our chiropractors at Inborn Vitality have a special interest in, experience with, and post graduate training in the unique needs of pregnant women.
Seeing a Chiropractor during pregnancy might help your body to adapt to the many and varied physiological changes that occur during this time.
Some of the reasons why women may choose to see a pregnancy chiropractor during this special, but sometimes challenging time include;
Back/pelvic pain - A common complaint during pregnancy with 49-69% of women reporting back pain at some time during their pregnancy.2-8
Disturbed sleep - 30-58% of pregnant women experience disturbed sleep due to pain. 3,6,8,
Hip/knee/foot pain - Up to 56% of women in one study reported experiencing hip, knee or foot pain during pregnancy.9
Don’t try to sit up from a lying position using your abdominal muscles. Instead, bend your knees, turn onto your side and push yourself up with your arms.
Remember to unlock your knees when standing and refrain from wearing high-heels.
Avoid standing with your hands on your hips and pushing your tummy forward.
Let others lift heavy items for you and avoid carrying toddlers.
Avoid twisting your spine on top of your pelvis, instead try moving your whole body with your feet. For example, when getting out of the car, turn your whole body towards the open door as you place your feet on the ground.
Avoid remaining in one position for too long.
Keep your pelvic floor strong.
Breathe deeply into your lower abdomen, especially when stressed.
Gently stretch your body daily.
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