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Pregnancy benefits from movement

But the aches and pains of pregnancy, especially those in the lower back, can certainly slow you down. The process of physical and hormonal change can feel like an endurance race, testing you in different proportions at different times. That's why it helps to keep a steady current of movement going throughout the process, to prevent stagnation of body and mind as you head towards your due date. As with starting any new exercise routine, a program of exercise for your pregnancy should be discussed with a health care professional before you start. 

Your pregnancy benefits from the right kind of movement

Here are three exceedingly simple ways you can ward off pain and maintain a high level of well being for both mother and child throughout the pregnancy: 

  • The butterfly stretch: when done with proper posture, this exercise strengthens the pelvic floor muscles and stretches the inner thighs and groin, which will help during delivery. 
  • Pelvic tilts: maintains abdominal muscles, stretches the lower back and adds mobility into the lower back and pelvis.  
  • Simply leaning: you spend enough time leaning back, due to the shifted center of gravity and added weight you are carrying. You can ease the strain that this causes by leaning forward with a support. 

 

Not only do these techniques help you feel better during pregnancy, but they also improve the chances of having a smooth labor, free of complications. Chiropractic also helps in this regard- regular chiropractic manipulation maintains pelvic alignment, relieving pain linked to an unstable spine, and increasing the amount of room available for the baby to grow. Furthermore, studies have shown that chiropractic is linked with easier and faster labor times. If you are interested in using chiropractic to facilitate a smooth pregnancy from start to finish, give our office in Sacramento a call to schedule an appointment today.