In our western modern society we are conditioned to believe that pregnancy and birth is a medical event, a diseased state, something that is very dangerous, a painful endeavor, or a means to an end. It does not have to be that way. It is not supposed to be that way. Discomfort in pregnancy is common, but it is not normal. Dr. Elliot Berlin of the Berlin Wellness Center points out that especially if the pain or discomfort is located in the pelvic region or lower back area that this is a signal that there is some sort of dysfunction in the pelvic or the musculature surrounding it.
These discomforts should not be ignored. By ignoring them or just treating the symptom without examining or fixing the cause, a mother could be passing over a chance to help improve her chances of a complication free normal vaginal delivery. Dr. Berlin indicates that certain issues can prevent a baby from properly positioning for birth or from engaging in the pelvis. This can lead to stalled labors, breech or transverse presentations, shoulder dystocia, or other complications that necessitate a caesarian delivery.
Chiropractic in Pregnancy
Chiropractic pregnancy care is a fantastic way to diagnose and treat many of these issues. A chiropractor can loosen the pelvis joints and manipulate the pelvis to allow for more movement. The pelvis is not one solid mass of bone, there are ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joints such as the sacroiliac joint that need to adjust and stretch to allow for the baby to pass.
A chiropractor can adjust a woman’s pelvis and sacrum throughout pregnancy as well as provide suggestions for at home exercises that will improve pelvic function and facilitate an easier labor and delivery. The chiropractor can also help relieve sciatic nerve pain, which many pregnant women find absolutely unbearable. Dr. Berlin of the Berlin Wellness Institute believes that helping a women and training her body can save a lot of time and distress when the big day comes.
Ideally, a woman will not wait until she is in her last trimester before seeking chiropractic care. It works best over a period of time. By training the muscles and the woman to work with her body her chances can be greatly improved for a complication free vaginal delivery.
Commonly Recommended Exercises and Stretches
One common exercise that is recommended for women is to sit on a labor or birth ball (a standard inflatable exercise ball). With legs slightly wider than hip distance a woman can sit, gently bounce, or rock on the ball. This opens up her pelvic cavity and encourages proper positioning of her baby. Since this particular exercise can be done sitting at a desk and working it is ideal for today’s professional mothers. It also encourages proper spinal alignment and good posture which all work together to help reduce the likelihood of complications during delivery.
Sitting on and bouncing on a labor ball is also a very useful position for during labor. By opening the pelvis and gentle bouncing the baby is encouraged to descend into the birth canal. This positional also can help take the pressure off of a mother’s back providing effective back pain treatment.
Another exercise commonly recommended are Cat/Cow stretches. Cat/Cow stretches can release tense muscles all long the back and shoulder area, improve movement and flexibility in the spine, as well as gently tone the abdominals. All of these are beneficial for pregnancy and labor preparation. It also helps familiarize a woman with pelvic movements that can be very useful aiding her baby to be born.
To do these stretches a woman should get down on all fours with her wrists directly below her shoulders and her hips below her knees. Then inhale through the nose, look up and hallow out the back, making it concave. The face and tailbone should be extended up while the spine is depressed. This is the cow pose.
The cat pose is basically the inverse of the cow. Exhale and pull the abdominals in, like you are hugging your baby. Round the spine, pulling the buttocks in and down while extending the neck and looking down.Remember to check with your health-care provider before engaging in physical activity and that not every activity is appropriate for every person.
Pregnancy does not have to be nor should it be nine months of discomfort. Pain is the body’s way of signaling something is not right. Listen to your body and address the cause of the pain, not just the symptom to truly alleviate the discomfort.
Note :- This article is guest posted by Maggie Martin. She has been visiting a chiropractor for more than fifteen years. She and her family have made it a routine to book a chiropractor visit once every two months at Markham Chiropractic Centre and it has helped them greatly. Follow on Twitter @MaggieBiosource. Want to submit a guest post? Read HealthResource4u guest submission guidelines.