Everyone likes to talk about how miraculous pregnancy is. And it absolutely is, but when you’re feeling head to toe aches and pains, miraculous may not be the first word you choose to use. The body shifts and adjusts a lot throughout pregnancy to support your growing baby and prepare for birth. Those shifts in your body combined with your baby’s weight can put a great deal of strain on muscles and joints, causing the discomfort you feel. Fortunately, there are some great natural ways to relieve your pain that are totally safe for both you and your baby. These include:
Getting A Massage
Who doesn’t love a nice, relaxing massage? Well, good news! Massage therapy is actually a great way to relieve the pain and discomfort that comes along with pregnancy. A lot of low-back pain in particular is caused by tight, strained muscles pressing against nerves — particularly your sciatic nerves, which can cause pain to radiate from your low back down your legs. Massage techniques work to relax tight muscles, which reduces how hard they press against your nerves and relieving pain.
Heat is another good way to relax tired muscles and reduce the strain they put on your joints. A warm bath is one way to give yourself all-over warmth and relaxation, but unfortunately, most moms-to-be can’t just live in the tub. Invest in a reusable hot pad or two that you can plug in or warm in the microwave to apply heat and relief where you need it most.
Hot & Cold Compresses
The fluctuation of hormones and other changes in the body mean many pregnant women experience an increase in headaches. If you suffer from allergies and find yourself getting sinus headaches, a warm compress can help. Dip a washcloth in warm water, wring out the excess, and place over your forehead and eyes for a few minutes to loosen the pressure in your sinuses. On the flip side, if you get a lot of tension headaches, you’ll want to try cold compresses. Dip a washcloth in cold water and wring it out. Or, if you need a more lasting chill, place that damp washcloth into a sandwich bag and pop it in the freezer for ten or twenty minutes. Alternate between placing the cold cloth over your forehead and wrapping it around the back of your neck. This will help reduce inflammation to relieve your headache.
There are countless benefits to doing yoga, including gentle stretching, increased flexibility, improved balance, and everyone’s favorite: stress relief. Well, regular yoga provides those benefits and more during pregnancy. The stretching can help relieve pain and over time, the practice can help you build up strength to support you through pregnancy and childbirth. Find a prenatal yoga class or discuss pregnancy-safe modifications of poses with your teacher to be sure you get the best benefit.
The primary focus of chiropractic care is the proper alignment of the spine and joints as well as nervous system health. Chiropractic adjustments are gentle and safe enough to be performed throughout pregnancy. Adjustments can help any joints that have become misaligned, which will help reduce pressure on nerves and minimize strain on supporting muscles. Not only does chiropractic care aim to provide quick pain relief, repeated visits can help you build strength and even sleep better!
There are plenty of natural ways to enjoy relief of your pregnancy aches and pains. Hot pads and compresses offer temporary relief while yoga, massage therapy, and chiropractic care can give you more lasting relief. Want to learn more? Contact the prenatal chiropractic specialist at Core Chiropractic + Wellness to get more information and schedule a visit to our Bakersfield office.