Are you looking for a prenatal or postnatal chiropractor in Toronto?
Pregnancy is an amazing time for any mom-to-be, but definitely NOT an easy time!
As a pregnancy chiropractor in Toronto, one of the main reasons pregnant women consult with us is for pregnancy back pain and associated pelvic or pubic pain.
In those 9 months, there are more changes taking place in your body than at any other time of your life, by far!
1. Significant weight gain, mainly centered in your abdomen.
This weight gain results in significant postural alteration. As your stomach grows, this places significant tension and stress onto your low back and the muscles supporting it.
In addition, as your stomach grows, pulling your body mass and center of gravity further forwards, your upper back must compensate by shifting significantly backwards.
This shift backwards with your upper back is often times accompanied by a forwards shift with your neck, putting significant stress onto your upper back and shoulders, as well as your neck.
These postural changes and shifts may cause:
2. Looseness of ligaments and muscles due to hormonal changes.
With pregnancy, there are significant hormonal changes in your body, to allow the fetus to grow and mature properly, and to prepare your body for the baby’s birth.
From a biomechanical perspective, the biggest one of these is the release of the hormone Relaxin, which as the name implies, is designed to relax soft tissues like ligaments and muscles, throughout your entire body, but particularly in your pelvis.
This is a very good thing, as all that ligament and muscle laxity allows your baby to pass through your pelvis as easily and with as little complication as possible.
The bad part is that as Relaxin increases in your body, all the ligaments and muscles become looser and weaker, meaning that your entire pelvis and lowback are less stable.
This is why pregnant woman flare their legs out while standing, to try to stabilize their less-stable pelvis, and this is often why pregnant women will have abdominal muscle issues (strains or separation), and pubic issues, as the increased weight of the baby is pressing down on a less stable pubic symphysis, in some cases causing symphysis pubis diastasis (SPD).
3. Pain killers and muscle relaxants aren’t an option.
If you weren’t pregnant, you might consider taking some over the counter anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxants to ease some of your discomfort, but this isn’t really an option when you’re pregnant.
In addition, the pain killers and muscle relaxants don’t really do anything to correct the underlying biomechanical issues that are causing your symptoms.
First, try to be in the best shape you can prior to your pregnancy. A fitter body will be better able to adapt and handle all the postural changes, and will also recover and bounce back faster after your baby is born.
Exercise. You need to keep moving. Walking absolutely. If you were exercising before getting pregnant, keep it up. Don’t go climbing any mountains in your 3rd trimester, but staying active will go a long way to keeping your body and muscles healthier, and help you to experience a better pregnancy and birth.
Get lots of rest! You are creating another human being…take it easy sometimes. Let others look after you. Try to get as much rest as you can in the last couple weeks or month before your baby is born.
Eat well. This is important for you, but also for the baby you are creating. The healthier you eat, the better you’ll feel.
If you’re doing all of that, and still feeling pain or discomfort, or just want to better prepare yourself for the end of your pregnancy, and the delivery, you might want to consult with a pregnancy professional.
In our office, we look after a lot of pregnant women, and post-natal women, for all the reasons already mentioned.
There are tremendous postural and physical changes taking place in your body, and sometimes it needs some extra help to handle it.
The first thing we do is sit down with you and find out what is happening. Any pain? Any concerns?
Then we examine your spine. We look at your posture, at your movement, and see exactly where your challenges are, and why this might be causing you discomfort or pain.
Then we set up a plan with you to start to change it.
We use very specialized techniques, and equipment, to make the process very comfortable and gentle for our moms to be.
We use pregnancy pillows, so that you can lie on your stomach, even in your 3rd trimester…pregnant woman absolutely love them!
We have specialized tables that don’t involve any twisting, to make it gentle and comfortable for both you and your baby.
It’s all designed to start to restore some BALANCE to your spine and body, and take pressure off some of the areas that are causing your pain and discomfort.
It can make a huge difference!
Then we get you doing specific exercises which help to balance some of the stress on your body, and correct some of the postural issues that are so common with pregnancy.
All of this helps you to start feeling better, and to have the best chance to have the pregnancy and birth that you want!
If we can be of any service, please feel free to contact our chiropractic office, even just to answer any questions you may have, we’re here to help. If you would like a recommendation for a chiropractor in your area, we’re happy to help you find the right one for you.
All the best with this amazing time in your life!
Dr. Byron Mackay