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Throughout the course of your pregnancy, there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby:

– A growing belly exerts a forward and downward pull on your low back
– Your centre of gravity moves forward increasing the lumbar curve and placing extra strain and force through the lumbar spinal joints
– The hormone relaxin loosens joints which increases mobility and decreases stability which can lead to aggravation of previous joint injuries and amplify pelvic imbalances
– Your growing baby and increased fetal movement creates expansion of lower rib cage which can be aggravating to mid back joints that connect to ribs
– Increased breast size to prepare for lactation adds additional strain to upper thoracic joints
– Your gait becomes wide to accommodate a change in centre of gravity, creating a variation in skeletal joint and muscle mobility which then aggravates the pelvic joints, hip joints and sciatic nerves
– Modified posture through shoulders offsets change in center of gravity and causes loss of your cervical curve leading to headaches
– Pelvic misalignment can alter your pelvic opening leading to intrauterine constraint and fetopelvic disproportion which means longer and more difficult labours

Chiropractic can help you better manage these changes as your pregnancy progresses by detecting areas of misalignment and imbalance, and corrects these. Our chiropractors often discuss various lifestyle factors that allow you to move through the end of your pregnancy with ease, such as: modified ergonomics for sleeping, desk work, driving and housework; necessary supplementation and other natural supporters to help prepare your body for a natural delivery and breastfeeding, as well as resources in our community for an informed and safe delivery and a successful nursing relationship.