Bringing a child into this world is one of the most beautiful experiences ever. Of course, the rosy glow of pregnancy starts to fade post-delivery, but the memories that the journey of motherhood brings along will stay with you forever. After giving birth to your little bundle of joy, you may notice that some less pleasant side effects of pregnancy continue to linger. Post-delivery back pain is one such condition that may stop you from being your best self. The pain can be draining enough to prevent you from enjoying this new phase of your life.
What causes Post-Delivery Backpain?
Pregnancy is a wonderful period for a woman. As it prepares you for the miracle of giving birth, your body goes through a lot of changes during this time.
- While you are pregnant, your body’s ligaments and joints loosen up so that your growing body and developing fetus can accommodate and your pelvis can support the extra weight of your baby. This process can make changes in your body’s natural spinal alignment, resulting in postpartum pelvic and back pain.
- During labor, your body undergoes a lot of pain as there is pressure on your cervix and your muscles contract. All these changes may lead to lingering pain post-delivery.
- After delivery, your lifestyle changes and physical changes may aggravate your postpartum back pain. As the loosened ligaments tighten and your body tries to go back to its normal shape, it furthers the pain. Also, performing daily chores and additional tasks of carrying car seats, bathing and nursing your baby, carrying older children, may result in exhaustion, worsening the back pain.
How can Chiropractic Rehabilitation help in treating Postpartum Back Pain?
Whether you have given birth to your baby through vaginal delivery or c-section delivery, your body’s pelvic biomechanics change after delivery. This results in uneasiness during walking, sitting, sleeping, and nursing. Chiropractic Rehabilitation can aid the post-partum recovery.
By adjusting your spinal alignment, chiropractic rehabilitation helps you recover better. An experienced chiropractor can help you restore your pelvic balance through exercises, manipulation, stretches and other treatments, lessening the back and pelvic pain.
In addition, Chiropractic Rehabilitation can help in mobilizing the thoracic region, alleviating the pain and discomfort experienced during breastfeeding, bottle feeding or rocking the little one to sleep. Chiropractic care also assists in post-natal care by boosting your immune system, keeping you and your baby healthy.
Staying healthy after delivery
While Chiropractic Rehabilitation is extremely important to restore to your pre-baby self, it is also essential to take good care of your posture, especially while feeding your baby or carrying them. To prevent slouching, learn how to breastfeed your baby correctly so that they can latch on properly, helping you avoid straining your neck and back muscles. If you have upper back pain, then choose the side-lying position to feed your baby comfortably.
When you lift your baby, ensure that you bend from your knees first and then lift them so that your back bears minimum stress. Also, follow a good exercise regime to tone your abdominal and back muscles. And, make sure you stick to a healthy diet with adequate water intake so that your body stays healthy and well-hydrated to boost your postpartum recovery.