The Benefit Of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
If you are thinking about having a baby or are currently pregnant, it is important to understand the changes that you are or will be experiencing with your hormones, posture and body mechanics. Since your body must prepare to carry and feed your baby, the following changes may occur:
As the baby grows, your center of gravity shifts forward, the pelvis tilts forward – which may cause lower back muscles to shorten and tighten, and the hamstring and gluteal muscles to weaken and stretch.The cervical and lumbar regions of the spine experience additional stress in the neck and lower back. Attached to the uterus are round ligaments, which are under a great deal of stress. They may become stretched and pain in the lower back and abdomen may result. Certain muscles – psoas, piriformis, etc., become tight and cause pain.Ligaments may become loose due to hormonal changes. This may cause joints to become less stable. Due to a protruding abdomen, increased curvature of the back, along with pelvic changes and adaptations in posture… a misalignment of the spine and joints often result. When the pelvis is misaligned, the amount of room available for the growing baby may become reduced (intrauterine constraint). A misaligned pelvis may also make if more difficult for the baby to be placed into the best position for delivery.
Integrate Acupuncture during Pregnancy
Many women also integrate acupuncture into a pregnancy care program. This combination offers a synergistic effect, for both the mother and baby.
According to scientific research, acupuncture during pregnancy helps ease many of the aches and discomfort experienced. In fact, it helps reduce or eliminate:
1. Heartburn and Morning Sickness
2. Leg Swelling
4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
5. Pelvic and Back Pain during pregnancy
8. Sleep Disorders