Pregnancy Chiropractic Services
Having a baby can be an amazing and rewarding experience. It may also be a challenge with hormonal, physical and emotional changes occurring through each stage of pregnancy. Looking after yourself during pregnancy is essential for your well-being and that of your baby.
How a Prenatal Chiropractor Can Help During Pregnancy
Up to 50 percent of women experience back pain during their pregnancy. Hormonal and physical changes occurring may put pressure on muscles, joints and ligaments creating areas of increased stress which may lead to pain, discomfort and tension.
Discomfort can also result from changes to the pelvis in preparation for giving birth and adaptations to posture.
These common conditions suffered by pregnant women may be alleviated by chiropractic care.
At Nicholson Health & Wellness we adjust the spine, use soft tissue therapy and provide advice on special maternity exercises for each trimester to help reduce discomfort and promote improved health in women during pregnancy.
Changes That Occur During Each Trimester of Pregnancy
The following are basic changes that occur during each trimester:
Trimester one (up to 12 weeks)
The baby's nervous system develops along with other major organs. The mother may feel tired and nauseous due to changes in hormones and bodily function. It is ideal to see a chiropractor early in your first trimester to prepare your spine and joints for the coming pressures on your body in the later stages of your pregnancy. Valuable pregnant-safe fitness and exercise advice is also given that can be used to maintain circulation, bone and joint health as a preventative measure.
Trimester two (13-27 weeks)
The mother's centre of gravity changes and the baby's movements may be felt. Seeing a chiropractor can help you detect and correct factors that may limit your mobility and cause pain while your body is realigning to accommodate your growing baby.
Trimester three (from 28 weeks)
The curve of the mother's lower back increases and the pelvis expands to allow further growth of the baby. Additional weight can create rounded shoulders, forward head carriage and widening of the legs for a stable base of support. Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is an important reason to seek an examination from a chiropractor during the third trimester of pregnancy. A misaligned pelvis may reduce the amount of room available for the baby to develop. A chiropractor can make the appropriate adjustments where necessary to ensure the pelvis is aligning using natural and safe, non-invasive methods.
Make an Appointment with a Pregnancy Chiropractor
Based in North Fitzroy, we have helped many pregnant women suffering from pain in Fitzroy, Carlton, North Melbourne, Collingwood, Clifton Hill, Princes Hill, Parkville, Brunswick East and Northcote areas.
Remember, this information is a guide and it is recommended you book an appointment with a practitioner so we can thoroughly assess your condition and discuss your individual treatment options.