This post is written by Ulrika Tegelman Jones who is a chiropractor specializing in women during pregnancy. You can find her at www.kirokliniken.se
It’s a very common problem to have back pain and discomfort interfere with your sleep while pregnant. Several reasons can include that the spine is stressed in many ways due to the extra weight of the baby, hormones during pregnancy cause the ligaments to be more relaxed and the joints are more unstable making it hard to find a good sleeping position. Pregnancy also causes the curvature of the spine to change by creating a bigger curve in the lower back (lordosis) to accommodate for the growing belly, which can cause some discomfort. Other common symptoms include pelvic pain, tension headaches, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Many women experience poor sleep during pregnancy, especially in the last trimester due to the above aches and pains. To help make the pregnant body more comfortable during sleep, some Norwegian female chiropractors developed the pregnancy pillow “BBhugme” that helps support the spine and growing belly.
This pillow gives the perfect support during pregnancy and helps give support to the most important areas such as the stomach, pelvis, lower back, knees, and ankles.
Sleep is important for you and your growing baby! If you can improve your sleep comfort and the quality of your sleep during pregnancy, both you and your baby will benefit.
Here are some simple stretches you can also use to help relax the body before bedtime and ease some aches and pains:
A healthy baby and an optimal delivery begin with a healthy and comfortable pregnancy, which chiropractic care can provide for the pregnant mother. During pregnancy the female body goes through many changes in the spine, joints and ligaments related to hormones and postural changes. It is important to have a good alignment of the spine and proper function of joints and ligaments for optimal comfort during pregnancy and to help the baby position herself in time for delivery. Research shows that women who had chiropractic care during pregnancy had quicker deliveries and less medical interventions during delivery.
Birth is a highly stressful event for a child and their first misalignment of the spine can start in the uterus or during the delivery. A proper aligned spine is important for a newborn and children of all ages, as this is crucial for the development of the motor system and the child`s nervous system and brain.
Along with chiropractic care, physical activity during pregnancy, like walking, swimming or yoga, is also beneficial. Recent studies also show that strength training can help reduce pelvic pain in pregnant women. Together with chiropractic care and physical activity, pregnancy and delivery discomfort and length can be reduced.
Ulrika Tegelman Jones is a chiropractor in Stockholm, Sweden. She studied at the Anglo-European College of Chriopractic and is interested in how lifestyle affects our health and backs. Ulrika has attended further training in chiropractic care for pregnant women and chiropractic care for children.
She works with pregnant women to help reduce symptoms often associated with pregnancy and believes there are several ways to help prepare for a successful delivery. Children of all ages can have tension in the spine and joints due to injuries, poor posture, stress, improper exercise, etc. that a chiropractor can evaluate and treat. It is important to emphasize that a chiropractor does not treat symptoms or illness, but instead removes the blockages in the spine, skull and pelvis, which prevents the body from functioning optimally.
If you are not in the Stockhom area, search for a chiropractor in your area trained in pregnancy and child chiropractic care as it is important to know how to adapt the treatment of various ages.
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BY COURTNEY LANDIN
POSTED: APRIL 20, 2016