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Posted on 01-27-2015
At Dody Chiropractic in Littleton, CO we know that no other time in a woman’s life is the incredible adaptive capacity of the human body more obvious than during pregnancy. The changes in body chemistry and function that accompany pregnancy are absolutely amazing.
As pregnancy progresses, some of these changes can also compromise the integrity of the mother’s spine and nervous system.
More pregnancies can often mean more susceptibility. With each successive pregnancy the pelvic muscles and ligaments become more stretched and pre-dispose the pelvis to misalignment but in the same vain, they are also easier misalignments to correct.
Misalignments of the pelvis can occur in 3 separate places. Each Sacro-Iliac joint and the symphysis pubis joint, which all occur readily in pregnancy. Misalignments can cause stress and weakness to the supporting structures of the pelvis.
Proper Pelvic Alignment is of utmost importance during pregnancy since the uterus attaches directly to the pelvis by the way of various ligaments.
Of most importance are:
The Round Ligaments - extend from the side of the uterus and attach into the labia and are affected by the alignment of the pubic bones. Prevent the uterus from moving posterior (backwards). During pregnancy the round ligaments undergo an increase in both size and diameter. Uneven tension will result in increased rotational tension leading to further off-center positioning of the uterus.
The Uterosacral ligaments - gatherings of pelvis fascia connecting the cervix to the anterior (front) portion of the sacrum at S2 & S3 level. (Uterus to Sacrum as the name infers). Prevents the uterus from displacing forwards and downwards. A posterior rotated sacrum may result in torsion of the utero-sacral ligament contributing to imbalance in the uterus leading to intrauterine constraint.
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