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Achieving a Pain-Free Pregnancy

By Donna Stark

Pregnancy can be a happy and exciting time in a woman's life, however many of the aches and pains that come during it can really put a damper on the entire experience. The bad news is that these aches and pains often come from engaging in normal, everyday activities, but the good news is that there are several ways to avoid them. If you are pregnant and experiencing pain, take a look at the following list of guidelines your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic put together. They may be able to help you get through your days a little bit easier.

Holding Other Children Correctly

There is already an imbalance in your body due to the extra weight you are carrying, so don't make it worse by carrying or holding another child on the same side all the time. Using the same side to hold your toddler can cause alignment issues in your hips and pain in your lower back. Try to carry your other child less often, and if you can't, be sure to switch sides often.

Using Both Sides of the Body

If you are constantly using only one side of your body, you could be setting yourself up for pain and discomfort. This includes carrying a heavy purse on the same shoulder, cleaning with your dominant arm, and leaning to the same side every time you sit. This imbalance can lead to alignment issues, joint dysfunction, headaches, and muscle aches. Try to alternate and give both sides of your body an equal workout.

Focusing on Good Posture

Good posture during pregnancy? Is that even possible? Yes it is, and with the following tips, you can start focusing on improving yours.

  • Keep your ears aligned with your shoulders and your chin parallel to the floor
  • Avoid slouching by relaxing and pulling your shoulders back
  • Distribute your weight evenly and keep your knees slightly bent when standing
  • Maintain the natural curve of the spine by tucking your tailbone toward your belly

Stretching Daily

Because you are carrying extra weight and your center of gravity has shifted, your muscles are at an increased risk of becoming strained. Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant women incorporate more stretching into their daily routine. Just a few additional stretches every day can relax your muscles and ease the tension in your body.

Getting Through Your Days

The tips above are a great starting point to relax your body and alleviate pain, but if you need more suggestions, your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are the perfect people to talk to. And because they have helped so many women get through their pregnancies with less pain, healthier pregnancies, and happier days, you can count on them to help you too!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Hillsboro, Ore.

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