Why New Moms CAN'T Skip Chiropractic Care
By Krista Elliott
When you have a new baby, time seems to stretch and shrink like taffy. The weeks fly by in a blur, rendered hazy from exhaustion and stress. The days, however ... oh, the days can be long as you cycle wearily through a never-ending routine of feeding, playing, laundry, cleaning, and the Sisyphean task of getting the baby to sleep.
After you have a child, it's all-too easy to completely neglect your own needs. You're focused on keeping a small human alive, so does it really matter if your hair is in a week-old, sleep-matted ponytail and you've adjusted to the taste of cold coffee? (Or better yet, cold, day-old coffee. Yes, I've done this. No, I don't recommend it.)
The thing is, you're going to have a lot of people telling you to make sure to take some time for yourself. And I know, it's MUCH easier said than done. But when it comes to chiropractic care, you should make them as high a priority as you do your post-partum doctor's appointments.
Why Chiropractor Visits are Vital for New Moms
It's normal to have checkups for both ourselves and the baby, to make sure that everything is going as it should. But there are several reasons why you should also make regular chiropractic visits part of your post-partum care routine.
- Maxin' and Relaxin' — There's a hormone that kicks in during pregnancy called relaxin. And this hormone is exactly as advertised; it relaxes your ligaments, allowing your joints to become looser in preparation for childbirth. However, your loosey-goosey joints may have extended beyond their normal range during this time or during delivery, and may need help getting back into optimal function afterward. One example of this is with Symphisis Pubis Dysfunction, where the ligament at the front of the pelvis gets so loose that the stability of the pelvis is compromised.
- Childbirth: Not An Easy Task — Whether you delivered or had a C-section, either way, your body has been through some pretty traumatic stuff. It's not unsual for new mothers to have joint dysfunction or even injuries, especially if the baby was big or the delivery difficult.
- Motherhood's Hard on the Back — Walking your colicky baby around the house 79 times a night. Hunching over the baby at feeding time. Bending over a wriggling, slippery baby at bathtime. Lifting and carrying and lowering and lifting and carrying and lowering the baby all day (and all night) long. Your back is taking a beating right now, and is probably crying out for help. And goodness knows you already have enough crying directed your way.
The solution to your woes is regular chiropractic care at The Joint Chiropractic. With no appoinment necessary, it's a lot easier to fit your chiropractor visits into your erratic new schedule. And because chiropractic care is drug-free and non-invasive, it's an excellent and safe option for nursing moms. So leave baby with Dad or Grandma for a little bit (trust me, it'll be FINE), and take care of yourself with help from The Joint.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.