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Neuromuscular and Biochemical Changes During Pregnancy

Release of the hormone RELAXIN; Relaxin causes muscular and ligamentous relaxation. This in turn allows joints to shift in alignment, creating imbalances & symptoms such as sciatica (pain and/or numbness to the leg), low back pain, joint pain & increased muscle tension.

  • Increased Weight Gain & Weight Distribution
  • Increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles
  • Increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
  • Postural alterations, increasing the lumbar and thoracic spinal curves and leading to further strain on the muscles, ligaments, joints and underlying nervous system
  • Increased joint stress and occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe for both mother and fetus. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy due to the presence of the hormone relaxin, causing muscle and ligamentous relaxation. Special "adjustive" positions are also used to provide comfort and safety for both mom and fetus.

How Often Should I Receive Chiropractic Care During My Pregnancy?

The frequency of care varies for a number of different reasons. Typically, regular care during a non-complicated pregnancy will range from once per week to once per month.

Why Chiropractic Care is Important during Pregnancy: A Midwives Perspective

As the hormones of pregnancy bloom in a woman's body, many of her tissues relax and become capable of opening. This normal response to pregnancy is what makes her body capable of expanding to carry the pregnancy and to give birth. It is important for the blood vessels to carry a greater volume of blood to the developing baby, and for the ribs to flare and make room for her abdominal organs that get displaced by the growing uterus. Her joints become extremely mobile, which is important for the health of her pregnancy and for the birth process itself, but it also makes her more susceptible to misalignment of her skeleton.

As the woman's body prepares for labour, she is called to surrender to the power of birth and become a passageway for her baby. To be an effective passage, the pelvis and spine should be in proper alignment for the baby's head and shoulders to spiral through the necessary rotations of a smooth and direct birth. Because the pregnant body is so mobile and prone to skeletal shifts, and because proper alignment is critical for the creation of a smooth passage for the baby to be born, chiropractic care is a supportive means for facilitating healthy pregnancies and births.

Anne-Marie Cayer Malachite Midwives

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