Pregnancy a trimester at a time

It was previously believed that musculoskeletal pain associated with pregnancy was an integral part of the changes that women face. We now know that these discomforts can be prevented and mitigated.

Chiropractic medicine offers natural care complementary to your obstetrical follow-up throughout pregnancy, allowing the treatment of musculoskeletal tension and pain.

Pregnancy is an important period of postural changes in women. Indeed, the spine is subject to significant physical stress that alters the normal biomechanics of the body.

  • Widening of the rib cage
  • Increased lumbar lordosis
  • Basin enlargement
  • Increased breast volume
  • Progressive weight gain
  • Increased ligament laxity.

At the first meeting, your Chiropractic Doctor will make an overall assessment of your state of health and a complete physical examination adapted to your reason for consultation.

Chiropractic care is safe throughout pregnancy and usually aims to alleviate these conditions;

  • Muscle pain related to posture changes
  • Pain in the lower back / neck
  • Point between the shoulder blades
  • Headache sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel

Depending on the quarter, some discomforts are more common.

1st trimester :

  • Morning sickness / Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Tired

2nd quarter :

  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux / heartburn breathlessness
  • Back pain / coccyx / pubic symphysis sciatica
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Constipation Heaviness and leg cramps
  • Tension / pain / numbness in arms and hands

3rd quarter :

  • Sleeping troubles
  • Pain at the pelvis / pubic symphysis sciatica
  • Edema
  • Constipation
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cramps and heaviness in the legs
  • Presentation of the baby by the seat

Chiropractic care can have a very beneficial effect in resolving certain symptoms by restoring the possible range of motion to the joints. Soft tissue techniques and chiropractic adjustments help relieve tension and provide lasting relief. Specific exercises adapted for pregnant women may be recommended to strengthen the pelvic and scapular area. For certain conditions, various recommendations may also be offered.

By improving the mobility of the pelvic joints and the flexibility of the muscles, chiropractic care promotes an optimal environment for positioning the baby in the uterus.

It is therefore important not to wait for the onset of symptoms to consult a doctor in chiropractic. Chiropractic is a suitable alternative and an ally of choice for pain relief related to pregnancy!

For more information, do not hesitate to contact me!

Joëlle Malenfant

Dr. Joëlle Malenfant is a chiropractionner in Quebec City. She has a postgraduate doctorate in chiropractic care for pregnant women and children. She accompanies women in labour and is a volunteer at Entraide Naturo-Lait, an organization supporting breastfeeding. Joëlle is also the proud mother of a 4- year-old boy, Christophe. Clinique chiropratique Maguire 1452, rue Maguire, bureau 100 Québec, Québec G1T 1Z4 Tél : 418.684.0004418.684.0004 Call Send SMS Add to Skype You'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

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