Having a baby causes a lot of stress on any new mom's body, and this includes the back and spine. From awkward labor positions to late nights spent bending over a changing table, your back might feel worse than it did toward the end of your pregnancy. If you haven't considered chiropractic services as part of your postpartum care plan, here are three great reasons.
Create a Baby Care Plan
Your chiropractor can show you the best ways to care for your baby while keeping your back comfortable. Your chiropractor will go over baby basics, such as proper positions for feeding and bathing your little one. You will also learn how to carry your baby without causing stress on your hips and spine. Talk to your chiropractor about baby carriers that let you tackle household chores while keeping you and your infant comfortable. You may also want to discuss the following at your first appointment:
- How to select the right stroller for your height.
- How to place a child in a crib or playpen without causing stress on your spine.
- How to begin a postpartum exercise plan.
Manage Postpartum Pain
If you experience back and pelvic pain after delivery or as you begin to care for your newborn, a chiropractor can offer medication-free pain management. Chiropractic adjustments can help to restore your body's biomechanics and alleviate pain associated with childbirth and routine childcare. This is especially important for nursing moms who can't take pain medications. Talk to your chiropractor about the different types of pain you are experiencing so you can both craft a spinal care program that works for you.
Take a Break from Baby
A trip to the chiropractor can be a relaxing break from the demands of caring for your newborn. Select a chiropractor who offers extras for new moms, such as massages and aromatherapy, and use your visits as mini vacations. The hour or so you spend at your appointment can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to give your little one lots of one-on-one time with Mommy. Remember that it is important to take time to care for yourself in the weeks and months after you have a baby.
A professional chiropractor, like those at Dimond Chiropractic Center, can be your partner in creating a successful postpartum care plan. Schedule an appointment that coincides with your six-week OB/GYN checkup to take a well-rounded approach to life after pregnancy.