Oh the aches and pains of pregnancy! The most common complaints I hear from my pregnant mama's in the third trimester are low back pain, and pubic pain. Because your center of gravity shifts as your baby grows it tends to cause an increase in the curvature of your spine causing stress on your muscles, joints and spine. This, along with the hormones of pregnancy that cause the joints and ligaments to relax can cause your spine and pelvis to become misaligned. Not only does this misalignment cause you discomfort, it can also obstruct fetal movement and cause your baby to become misaligned in the pelvis. Twisting and pulling of the misaligned pelvis encourage your baby to become posterior causing a longer and more painful labor. I have found that my mama's that regularly see a chiropractor have a much more comfortable pregnancy and shorter labors. Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle and personalized to your specific needs. Your chiropractor will have a special table or pregnancy wedges to make you comfortable during your adjustment, and most insurance companies will cover chiropractic care. If you do not have insurance coverage most offices offer a significant cash pay discount. We are blessed in the Tri Cities to have several chiropractors that specialize in pregnancy care and the "Webster" technique. For more information contact me at Natural Care Midwifery (509) 308-3711
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