Pregnancy tome eyes ‘other side’
By Shelley Widhalm
Loveland resident Trenton Scott has been asked how, as a man, he can write about pregnancy in his book “The Other Side of Pregnancy,” published in 2008.“I felt there was a story to be told about what I do for a living,” said Scott, a chiropractor and acupuncturist who wrote the book with the assistance of Rick Sawyer of Loveland.
In his book, Scott wrote about the neck and back pain pregnant women can experience from carrying a child, which can weaken the ligaments supporting the spinal column.
He explains the causes of back, neck and head pain specific to pregnancy and looks at the importance of posture, while covering what women can expect during and after pregnancy.
Scott says he understands back pain, having experienced a disc herniation more than a decade ago, along with caring for patients at Scott Family Chiropractic, a Loveland-based clinic he and his wife, Gina, also a chiropractor, own and founded 14 years ago.
Trenton Scott wrote the book from an informative and practical perspective, providing real-case anecdotes, he said.
“I didn’t want to get real technical,” he said. “I want to give (my readers) entertainment and thought-
provoking ideas when and if back pain strikes.”
Trenton wrote from a coach’s perspective, he said.
“To be a great coach, you need to be a keen, well-schooled observer, not a star participant,” he said in the introduction to his book.
He planned to write his book 11 years ago when Gina gave birth to their first of four children and experienced back labor, something he wished he knew more about.
At the same time, several of his patients were complaining of back and neck pain and telling him they did not realize they could see a chiropractor during pregnancy.
Trenton began a search on treating back pain during pregnancy and saw a void in information about how to manage the pain, such as through chiropractic care, acupuncture and massage therapy. He read several books on pregnancy and noticed the sections on back pain were small.
Many of the books on the topic recommended stretches and exercises during pregnancy as a way to get rid of back pain, Trenton said.
“Let’s give these moms a break,” he said. “More can be accomplished through appropriate diagnosis and treatment than giving them a bunch of stretches.”
Trenton found that more than 50 percent of women experience back pain during pregnancy, which can be avoided or, at worst, managed, he said.
“They’re not finding their center of gravity. Their body is changing so rapidly,” Trenton said, adding that muscles and ligaments can become fatigued from carrying a baby.
Massage can help with the resulting poor posture and back pain, he said.
“By working the muscles, you’re working the neurological messages to the brain through the spinal cord,” he said.
Trenton plans that his next book will focus on the father’s point of view of pregnancy.
“I want them to be more empathetic toward their wives, more proud of their wives,” he said.