Two very common things are associated with pregnancy, the increase in weight and backaches or back pains.
Let’s start with weight.
Eating healthy during pregnancy is critical to the baby’s growth and development. In order to get the nutrients that you and your baby need, you must eat from a variety of food groups, including fruits and vegetables, bread and grains, food with protein sources and dairy products. You basically will need to consume an extra 300 calories a day.
Fatigue and feeling sleepy are also very common in pregnancy, especially during the 12-weeks. Hormonal changes and imbalance that are taking place in your body will make you feel tired and sleepy.
You will also feel emotional and nauseous at the same time. And food cravings can happen too.
And since you have already increased your food intake and with the constant snack in unhealthy dosage, it’s easy for a mother to gain weight. And with the emotional feelings that a mother gets – the mix can cause another stress. The stress of thinking of getting fat and obese.
And because the mother has already neglected to exercise and keep her body muscles limber and flexible – backaches will start.
And again, this is the result of not keeping limber. It’s also the result of hormonal imbalance and the changes in the body.
During pregnancy, the mother creates a hormone called relaxin. Relaxin is the hormone that allows the ligaments in the pelvic area to relax and for the joints to become looser. This is to prepare the mother for the birth process.
The relaxin hormone can also cause ligaments that support the spine to loosen and this will lead to instability and back pains.
So, pregnancies are very trying times for the mother.
Reason Number One
The philosophy behind and techniques developed in osteopathic medicine focuses on the unified function of the entire body.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, is the founder of osteopathic medicine. And he believed that the human body and its systems depended on one another to function. And that to maintain the body and its proper alignment will improve the body’s function and its ability to maintain itself.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment focuses on diagnosing the whole patient — how stress is affecting both the body and the mind. And not just focusing on the back pain for example.
This way of treatment is applied to care for pregnant women. When the maternal body is undergoing changes and hormones are imbalanced.
As mentioned previously, the body produces the relaxin and progesterone hormones. These are hormones that change the body of the mother.
Reason Number Two
Osteopathic doctors will encourage their pregnant patients to do limber exercises since the OMT treatments have already begun to relieve the back pains. And this will now allow the patient mother to go back to exercises that can further help the mother during pregnancy.
Exercising can also relieve stress and help the body’s metabolic function. Food intake would no longer have the same impact as before. With a more controlled diet, the mother will then be relieved from the stress of overeating and of getting fat and obese.