Biomechanical Changes During Pregnancy

Welcome to pregnancy! Many things are about to change in your life, especially in your body. Understanding and being prepared for those changes can allow you to gracefully adapt, and enjoy your pregnancy. Perhaps the biggest changes that occur in the mothers’ body are in the biomechanics as the body adapts to the growing baby. The center of gravity shifts forward as the belly grows, increasing the curve of the lumbar spine, putting extra stress on those joints. Increased breast mass also places strain on the joints of the midback. These new stresses on the spinal joints, combined with hormonal changes can lead to misalignments and fixations in the spine and pelvis. Relaxin is the hormon

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