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When you are considering becoming pregnant it is worth coming in for a check up. During which your muscular balance will be evaluated as well as looking for ligaments, bones and fascia that are already restrictive…

Mum

One of the jobs of the hormone changes in mum’s body is to allow for expansion to occur without injury. The effects of relaxin and progesterone are at the site of ligaments, tendons and fascial connections. It is where the fascia of the body is not in balance that problems arise. Pre existing faults / injuries / strains can become accentuated during pregnancy. Ideally you would have a pre pregnancy check up and have monitoring appointments during your first trimester.

In the second trimester the imbalances start to become noticeable, meaning uncomfortableness. Placing greater pressure on particular components of her body. Pressures will only get more, right up until delivery.

Imagine for a second the changes that happen to your core not to mention that your uterus changes from a flaccid hollow organ to a much bigger turgid solid organ. Mechanically, totally different. Challenging muscle strength and joint stability. Approach pregnancy as an event whereby your body can be trained.

 

Feelings of shortness of breath and fullness can be a sign of muscular imbalance.

 

Upper back tension as your centre of gravity shifts can signify imbalance as well as rib pain.

 

Rib pain is very common and occurs because the coordination and strength of the abdominals as they expand are out of balance. Typically ribs 6-10 will become posturally speaking rigid. Giving rise to intercostal neuritis. Following this heartburn and body torsion in the abdomen or a separate in the centre (diastasis recti) can occur.

Under torsion the spine is not stable and as the hormone relaxin rises the pelvis becomes less able to support an unstable core. This is why at an extreme example some women are on crutches leading up to their delivery, whilst others find it difficult to stand in a queue (weight bear).

If an imbalance is present in the hips then the trochanteric (hip) expansion cannot take place and thus the expansion pressure laterally is placed onto the pubis symphysis causing PSD.

Add all the imbalances up together and imagine your muscles pushing baby out… Are you going to be balanced enough to push down through the centre or are you off centre in some way? Where mum is off centre phase II labour could well be more difficult than it needs to be for Mum.

 

Baby

A first infant check-up with their chiropractor can involve neurological reflexes, tongue tie and palate shape (particularly when feeding is an issue).

Infants use 6 cranial nerves, 34 cranial sutures, and 60 muscles to suck, swallow and breathe! (1)

Having a muscles and joint check from the off may improve how long an inconsolable irritable infant with regular sleep will cry for.(2)

Babies who are irritable with disordered sleep do not tend to respond well to chiropractic care.(3)

The more irregular your baby sleeps, the less likely chiropractic will help them.

 

Infant Syndrome of Musculoskeletal Origin

At Fascia Frist we look to identify if your infant has an irritable infant syndrome of musculoskeletal origin [IISMO] (2).

Traditionally speaking a ‘colicky’ baby is one who cries for over 3 hours in a day for 3 days in any one week where they are apparently inconsolable.(4) Other times it may be about positioning comfortably. Some babies get comfortable anywhere, others don’t… could it be their body is not yet used to being on the outside?

When to have the first chiropractic check up

General advice for new mums is to allow their baby 6-8 weeks before bringing them for their first chiropractic check up as research has found a significant reduction in crying hours occurs at this time naturally.(5)

A normal amount of crying during the first two months can be 1.5-3 hours a day.(6) During the first two months if you wish to provide your infant with a probiotic supplement this may reduce their hours of crying (7) or if you’d like to present your infant to your chiropractor for a plagiocephaly (head shape or cranial) check then enquire if your chiropractor is cranially competent to do this.

Lee has helped many infants over the years to be more comfortable following his cranial treatment.

 

Don’t forget mum, moving your body on from pregnancy and getting back to normal is something Lee could help you with too…

 

Book your check up(s) today and choose a Consultation Appointment

 

References:

  1. Smith 2007 Impact of Birthing Practices on the Breastfeeding Dyadd. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health 52(6) 621-30
  2. Millar J 2019 IISMO Ch. 5 Evidence-Based Chiropractic Care for Infants. Praeclarus Press 978-1-946665-36-2
  3. Millar J 2019 Evidence-Based Chiropractic Care for Infants. IFCIDS p.39 Praeclarus Press 978-1-946665-36-2
  4. Rome IV Criteria, 2016 Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders.
  5. Dieter Wolke et al 2017 Systematic Review and Meta Analysis: Fussing and Crying Duration and Prevalence of Colic J Pediatrics’ June
  6. IBID
  7. Lactobacillus Reuteri Impacts No of Crying Hours. Medicine (Baltimore) 2017 Dec 96(51)e9375
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