The period immediately following childbirth is a rollercoaster of joy and lifestyle adjustment that is defined by the transition to life with a newborn child. With all the new cute moments, the demands for feeding and time, and the loss of sleep, it is easy to neglect your body. It is primarily a matter of hormones: relaxin levels, which are elevated during pregnancy to loosen the ligaments in the pelvic region, remain higher than normal for up to 6 months after delivery. This means that the crux of your spine, is weaker than normal and vulnerable to misalignment and injury. Instability in the pelvis and sacrum and can be made worse by normal new-mother operations such as holding the child and breast feeding.
The positive side of this is that raised relaxin levels make your body more pliable and thus, it responds very well to chiropractic care. Adjustments in particular are important for keeping the base of the spine in balance. Over the coming months, ligaments will begin to tighten and return to their pre-pregnancy state and this is a process that often causes pain or the so-called, "Mommy aches." While these aches may not be entirely avoidable, their severity can be reduced with proper attention to care.
At Family Chiropractic & Natural Healing Center, we want to take the pain out of the equation so that you can focus purely on the newfound wonder of having a child. We can make recommendations on posture and activity and help you establish a home environment and routine that is conducive to getting over common aches quickly. For new mothers in the Bay Area, give our office a call and schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.