Pregnancy and Post-Partum
In pregnancy, changes to the physiological and endocrinological systems manifest to prepare the body to grow and birth an infant. While necessary, some of these changes—when not properly supported—can have a negative impact on your body.
Some of these negative resultant transformations include one or more of the following: protruding stomach and exaggerated back bend, pelvic misalignment, and altered posture. Due to changes in the center of gravity, pregnant women will oftentimes create an exaggerated back bend, which can in turn cause low back pain. A misaligned pelvis decreases the space available for the growing baby. This is known as intrauterine constraint and can limit the baby’s opportunities to move into an optimal, head-down position. The mother’s capacity, then, for a natural, non-invasive birth can be reduced. Breech and posterior births may increase the difficulty of labor and force to c-sections.
Post-partum mothers also have unique challenges to overcome. The muscles of the lumbopelvic region have been strained to the max through delivery, some possibly even being torn or cut (specifically with a c-section).
When the joints of a pregnant woman’s body become looser (one of the natural changes that occurs in a woman’s body), it becomes all the more important that muscles are able to support the joints in their proper place. Muscle activation is possibly the best way to ensure that the muscles are capable of maintaining the joints in their proper range of motion. The same is true after delivery. The muscles can be shut down due to the struggles of birthing a child, and muscle activation can help remedy any damage that could have been incurred during that process.
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