Girls’ Night Out, Pre-Babies: Did you see last night’s RHONY? I am loving this book. How’s that new workout? Girls’ Night Out, Post-Babies: When I turn my neck, it sounds like popcorn. I tweaked my shoulder. My lower back is killing me. Sounds familiar, right? What unites us as mothers is far stronger than what divides us, this being no truer than when it comes to the aches and pains associated with pregnancy and new motherhood. For some expert advice on how to manage, we chatted with Dr. Arkady Lipnitsky, a Chiropractic and Functional Movement Specialist in NYC.
“There’s no question that a woman goes through tremendous changes during the nine months of pregnancy,” Dr, Lipnitsky says. Ever feel like your belly and your behind are trying to move in two different directions? That’s sort of what’s really happening: “As the fetus develops, its weight is projected forward, and the lumbar lordosis (curvature of the lower back) is increased, placing extra stress on many structures of the lower back.” And wait, there’s more, directly from the pages of your pregnancy journal: “In addition, the increase in certain hormones, especially in the third trimester, brings about pelvic hyper-mobility and creates a decrease in spinal stabilization. Direct pressure from the fetus on the lumbosacral nerve roots may also be a cause of pain.” In short, your lower back is putting in overtime as your grow your bundle of joy. And it needs a little extra support.
First and foremost, Dr. Lipnitsky notes that the American Pregnancy Association states it is absolutely safe to see chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. “All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant, but some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training,” he says. And it may be worth finding a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy. “Chiropractors that are well versed in different styles and techniques of manual, manipulative and massage therapy tend to achieve significantly better and faster results.” Other bonuses: “Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. Specialists who are trained in rehabilitation and understand the needs of pregnant women will also provide patients with exercises and stretches that are safe to do during pregnancy.” So, chiropractors that specialize in pregnancy care can double as your masseuse, and triple as your trainer. We’ll take it.
We asked Dr. Lipskiny, about those lucky women who experience a pain-free, running-through-a-field-of-daffodils type pregnancy? He encourages every mother experiencing every type of pregnancy and postpartum to seek chiropractic care. Here’s why:
- To prevent and relieve back, neck and joints pain associated with pregnancy
- To maintain a healthier pregnancy.
- To control the symptoms of nausea during pregnancy.
- To reduce the time of labor and delivery.
- Help to ensure a healthy immune system for both mom and baby, by removing obstructions to the nerves in the spinal column.
- Chiropractic care can help position the baby correctly for birth, and even prevent a potential cesarean delivery.
- If the mother’s spine, pelvis, and hips are in proper alignment and if all the nerves to the muscles and organs in her body are free and healthy, labor and birth can progress more easily and has the potential to take less time.
- Chiropractic care can help in the postpartum healing process, by correcting any misalignments that may have occurred during labor or birth, train to restore spinal stability and core musculature and ensuring that the mother’s body is functioning optimally so that she can heal and restore.
- Chiropractic care is also essential for correcting posture problems and back pain resulting from breastfeeding or bottle feeding, and from spending a lot of time carrying a newborn around.
We’re sold. Thanks, Dr. Lipnitsky!
Dr. Arkady Lipnitsky is a Chiropractic and Functional Movement Specialist in NYC. He can be found at https://www.painfreenyc.com/.