For most women, pregnancy and childbirth are not like they portray it in the movies. In the end, there is the peaceful moment of holding your newborn child, but there’s a lot more that goes on in between that first positive test and that magical moment of meeting your newborn. From experiencing the pain of labor to withstanding the exhaustion of childbirth, there is a lot more to birthing a baby than breathing exercises. There’s nothing quite like the miracle of childbirth, but there is a lot of healing that needs to happen after. It can take time for the soreness to go away or for moms to get the hang of breastfeeding. During birth, there can also be trauma to the spine and surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles that will need time to heal. Childbirth can affect the mom in many ways, but did you know that the baby goes through a traumatic experience as well? No matter what kind of birth experience you had, some form of birth trauma occurred. Addressing the effects of childbirth on both moms and babies can be essential to the short-term and long-term health of both mother and child.
Childbirth Takes a Toll on Mom
Growing a baby inside of you is sure to take a toll on your body. An expanding uterus and increased weight gain put pressure on the spinal column. Additionally, as the body prepares for the birthing process, ligaments loosen to allow for the flexibility needed to give birth. To combat these changes, the spine actually takes on an increased lordosis, or inward curvature of the spine. This balances out the weight of the growing baby inside your belly. After giving birth to your baby, it can take time for […]