Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy – What to Expect

 Chiropractic during pregnancy is a vital component of prenatal care. This safe and effective form of natural healthcare not only helps lessen the aches and pains of pregnancy but also promotes a safer and easier birth. Gentle chiropractic adjustments done throughout pregnancy are beneficial to both mother and baby.

Why Pregnancy Hurts

To understand how chiropractic helps pregnant women, it’s necessary to understand the anatomy of the pelvis and uterus. The pelvis is essentially a bony ring, with two sacroiliac joints (SI joints) in the back, and the pubic symphysis in the front.

The pubic symphysis is the juncture where the pubic bones are connected. The uterus sits inside this bony ring, and is tethered to the pelvis by three main sets of ligaments. The Broad Ligament surrounds the uterus and attaches to the sides of the pelvis on the inside. The Round Ligaments attach the uterus to the front of the pelvis at the pubic symphysis.

These are the ligaments that often produce sharp pains during early pregnancy when a pregnant woman sneezes or turns over too quickly. The Uterosacral Ligaments attach the uterus to the back of the pelvis at the sacrum.

As the baby and uterus grow, stress is placed on these ligaments, distorting the structure of the pelvis, lower-back and mid-back. In addition, the shift in the pregnant woman’s center of gravity, coupled with significant weight gain, causes even more stress on these areas, and on the surrounding musculature.

To top it all off, pregnancy induces the release of a hormone called relaxin. As you may have guessed, the function of this important and powerful hormone is to allow the ligaments which connect the pubic bones to relax and separate, thus allowing for delivery of the baby. However, the effect of relaxin is experienced throughout all the ligaments of the body—and they changes are lifelong!

This explains why moms-to-be experience so much pain and discomfort, especially in the lower back. In addition, a misaligned pelvis can result in torque being put on the uterus through its ligamentous attachments, which often results in malpositioning of the baby, into a breech or transverse position.

What Do Chiropractic Adjustments Do For Pregnant Women?

The goal of a chiropractor throughout a woman’s pregnancy is to help keep the pelvis and spine balanced and properly aligned. This allows for the most comfortable pregnancy, and it ensures proper function of the nerves which exit the spine.

Example of chiropractic adjustment

This is crucial, because these nerves are responsible for the body’s communication and coordination of all bodily functions, including the proper growth of the baby. Chiropractors restore proper spinal alignment by employing gentle, specific corrections called ‘adjustments’, which restore vital nerve flow and reduce aches and pains. This is something I have personally experienced and, if any of you are interested, a chiropractor I highly recommend is Reaves Chiro, which can be found here:

Some chiropractors work with the round ligaments of the uterus as well as adjusting the pelvis to help balance the pelvis and uterus. There are various techniques specifically designed for adjusting pregnant women, as well as pillow systems which are designed to provide your tummy maximum comfort while lying face-down. 

Chiropractic can lessen discomfort and make pregnancy more enjoyable. It can also help to promote a safer and easier birth, by helping to balance the uterus and encourage the baby to be in a proper head-down position. Seek out a chiropractor who is experienced with adjusting pregnant women when considering chiropractic treatment during pregnancy.

What is the Best Breast Pump to Bring on Vacation?

What is the Best Pump for Vacation and Travel?

Traveling moms still have a responsibility to their children to provide sustenance and nourishment, which means they will have to find a way to either breastfeed or breast pump on the go. If you use a breast pump already, you will know that they can be extremely clunky, loud, and an overall inconvenience to bring on a trip with you if you do not own the right one. Furthermore, immense preparation is important to ensure that you have everything your pump needs to function, which makes complicated pumps hardly worth the trouble. In this post we will discuss the best breast pumps to bring with you whilst traveling and the best tips for pumping on the go.

Best Travel Pump

When you travel, you need a breast pump that is lightweight, quiet and effective. Our recommendation in the Spectra S1, which is not only cost effective to purchase, but is also comfortable, lightweight, and has a low noise output. The Spectra also has few moving parts and detachable components, meaning things are less likely to break or get lost while you are in transit. You can pick it up for around $200 at most retailers or online, and can check out a 2017 review of the S1 here if you want to learn more information about it.

Another great pump for traveling is the Medela Pump in Style, which comes with a convenient travel bag and (like the S1) is incredibly functional and has a low noise output. While the Medela is slightly larger, it does come with the bag of easy transport, so you will need to weight the pros and cons of each when deciding between the two.

Pack Smart – Don’t Check the Pump!

Packing smart simply means ensuring you bring everything with you that you will need to pump. Be sure to remember extra batteries, bottles, an electrical outlet converter if you are going out of the country, cleaning supplies, ice to keep the milk cold and so forth. When you are packing the pump itself, make sure that you bring it with you as a carry on, and do not check it with your bags. The reasoning behind this is that it will be less prone to damage or breaking if it comes with you on the plane, and if baggage gets rerouted (which can often happen), you will have it with you so you don’t have to wait to pump. For more tips on traveling while breast pumping, check out this blog!

Get more tips on what to pack when you plan on pumping on the go below!

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