Decoding Postpartum Well-being: The Chiropractic Connection
As described in my previous article, Pregnancy Chiropractic Care, “the effects of chiropractic care during pregnancy are far-reaching and extend way beyond pain control. By ensuring that the pelvis and spine are in proper alignment and motion, chiropractic care helps to ensure that the developing baby has plenty of room to grow within the womb. Maintaining this proper alignment and motion throughout pregnancy, chiropractic care can also improve the possibility of the expecting mother having a safe and natural birth process.”
Picture this – You’ve just welcomed your tiny, perfect human into the world, and while the euphoria is real, so is the chaos. Post-birth is a season filled with sleepless nights, nursing acrobatics, and the occasional colicky serenade. The stress doesn’t pack up and leave; it just sets up shop in a different part of town.
In reality, giving birth is like hosting a party for your nervous system. It goes into hyper-drive, and sometimes, it gets a bit too carried away, ending in subluxation! This unwelcome guest messes with your nerves, muscles, organs, digestive system, and, well it throws a party in your body and doesn’t clean up afterward. The result? A perfect storm of stress, anxiety, and a bunch of other health challenges.
Here’s the good news: chiropractic care is your new superhero in this postpartum season. It’s like a holistic spa day for your body. It focuses on fixing imbalances in your muscles, skeleton, and nerves. It’s like a tune-up for your mom-mobile.
Here are just a few things regular chiropractic care can help with postpartum:
- Posture: Let’s face it, pregnancy does a number on it. Between weight gain, loosened ligaments, and the joy of lugging around your little one, your posture takes a hit. Then comes the unwelcome trio of postpartum discomfort: neck pain, back pain, and sciatica. Enter chiropractic care! It will straighten you out, literally.
- Pelvic and hip misalignment: Pregnancy turns your body into an adventure movie, making adjustments for the grand finale–birth. But these changes can leave you with hip and pelvic pain, courtesy of our hormonal friend relaxin. Chiropractic care steps in to soothe the discomfort and get you back on your feet.
- Pregnancy-related sciatica: It’s like the evil villain of the pregnancy sequel, causing pain or that tingly numb feeling down your leg. Chiropractic adjustments are like the superhero duo coming to save the day, addressing the spinal issues that fuel sciatica.
- Daily Challenges: Breastfeeding challenges, crib-leaning acrobatics, and the floor gymnastics that come with playing with your bundle of joy—they all contribute to neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. But don’t worry; chiropractors have your back (pun intended). Regular adjustments target those spine issues, keep pain at bay and reset your challenged nervous system.
My pregnancy in 1994 was relatively easy and uneventful. In the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I had pain in my lower back that would come and go. Weekly or twice-weekly adjustments helped me to feel , and I worked until the day before my son was born.
We had a natural, vaginal and unmedicated birth. As moms know, birth is an intense workout – whew! Shortly after, I was snuggling my newborn baby; I felt some neck tension and fatigue. Thankfully, my older sister (also a chiropractor) came to visit and gave me an adjustment.
The weeks turned to months and as a new breastfeeding/postpartum mom; I experienced upper back tension and pain. Holding and breastfeeding my son created extra forward flexing of my upper back. Regular, weekly adjustments helped me feel great during the first weeks and months of motherhood. The regular adjustments also created a space where my nervous system stayed out of “Fight or Flight” mode. I credit this with allowing my body to be good at milk production, which made our breastfeeding journey easy.
In this great adventure of pregnancy, delivery, and new parenthood, chiropractic care is your unexpected hero. At Escondido Hills Chiropractic, we want to see you thrive on your newest adventure! Call us at 1-760-740-9799 to schedule an appointment with one of our Chiropractors and let us help. It is the happy ending to your new expedition with your little bundle of joy.