Over the course of a pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many awe-inspiring changes as it transforms to be able to grow and carry a child. It’s generally assumed that there will be some discomfort and various aches and pains over the course of a pregnancy that chiropractic adjustments with Dr. Jacob can help reduce. But what is not so often discussed is the transformation that continues for the mother’s body beyond birth, during the fourth trimester.

While the common pregnancy symptoms such as backaches, neck aches, heartburn, sciatica and headaches subside, others may take their place as the body transforms even more rapidly to account for a baby no longer being in the womb.

One reason for fourth trimester discomfort is because a woman’s spine becomes “soft” at the end of pregnancy, due to a hormone called relaxin. The body creates relaxin to soften the joints and ligaments to help the pelvis open wider in preparation for giving birth. But once the baby is born, she may develop aches and pains because of the spine still being softer than it would normally be, causing it to become misaligned more easily than usual through typical everyday activities and the new activities of nursing and carrying a baby.

According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association , chiropractic adjustments can help ease this post-birth transformation. They do this by adjusting the pelvis and spine to ensure that they are properly aligned and therefore aren’t causing stress on the nervous system.

If you are a pregnant woman or a new mom, contact Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health in Lakewood, Colorado, today at 303-238-6500 and see how Dr. Jacob can help you live optimally and with minimal discomfort throughout pregnancy and beyond.