During pregnancy, many changes take place in the expectant mother’s body. In the early stage of pregnancy, changes in the pelvic region occur as an effect of estrogen and/or relaxin hormones. These cause the tendons to relax and stretch, and together with the joint fluids they widen the pelvic joints, thus providing the baby with more space.
As the uterus grows and extends forward, the expectant mother’s center of gravity changes. Because of this, the vertebrae in the spine shift, which can lead to muscle spasms and nerve pain.
The continually growing tummy, changed walking and more curved back have an effect on the muscles and the spinal column. Changes in posture place increased pressure on the pelvis and the lower back, which is what causes lower back pain during pregnancy. Vertebrae can shift in the neck, as well, as the head attempts to compensate for changes in posture. This can produce various symptoms, such as headache, sleeplessness, and nausea.
How does chiropractic care help?
Chiropractic treatment is gentle and safe. During the first trimester, pain can even be eliminated by expert movement of the joints. During the second and third trimesters this treatment is especially recommended because at that time the spine and pelvis bear an even greater burden, and lower back pain is more common, problems for which chiropractic treatment can offer immediate improvement. In addition to helping overcome pain and nausea related to the spine, the treatments can make the childbirth process easier and quicker, as well.