A woman’s body will go through a complete physical transformation during pregnancy. As a baby grows, these changes can shift the mother’s joints and spine. Additionally, a pelvic shift can reduce the amount of space in the womb, making it harder for the infant to get into the proper position for birth.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is gentle, safe, and effective. Treatment involves the Webster technique. The ultimate goal of this treatment is to maintain and improve spinal and pelvic balance, to promote a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy.
Chiropractic care should be part of every woman’s prenatal regimen and can begin as early as the first trimester. Treatment can help alleviate discomfort and prepare the body for the upcoming months, resulting in a healthier, happier pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the many changes and shifts that occur can result in severe pain and discomfort. However, treatment doesn't just benefit expecting mothers who are experiencing pain. In fact, chiropractic treatment offers many benefits for pregnant women, throughout their pregnancy and after delivery.
An experienced chiropractor will use a gentle adjustment for spinal alignment and a balanced pelvis.
Below, you’ll find the top 9 benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
A woman's center of gravity shifts during pregnancy. When pelvic structures shift, it places more stress on the bones, muscles, and joints. Many women may find it difficult to get comfortable, walk, or even bend down the closer they get to delivery. In some cases, this pain can be very debilitating and can prevent women from being active during their last trimester. However, pain during pregnancy is manageable, and without the use of harmful pain medications.
Fortunately, pain can be managed and in some cases, eliminated, with the right care.
This pain is usually caused by the loosening of ligaments and joints in preparation for delivery, a misaligned spine, or a misaligned pelvis. Routine chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve pain that’s caused by loosened joints, ligaments, and spinal instability, restoring balance in ligaments.
Common complaints of pain during pregnancy include:
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help reduce or eliminate pain, resulting in a more comfortable, healthier pregnancy. A chiropractor will use gentle pressure to address a misaligned spine and/or a misaligned pelvis. Treatment is safe for both the mother and infant and will not cause pain or discomfort.
Morning sickness and nausea are other common pregnancy symptoms that many women struggle with. Women that suffer from extreme morning sickness or nausea during pregnancy can benefit from chiropractic treatment. While some diet changes and medications can help minimize the effects of morning sickness for some women, chiropractic treatment offers a more effective way to reduce nausea by focusing on spinal alignment. Spinal manipulation can align the spine, which can improve hormonal balance and nervous system function. Adjustments can also improve digestion issues that can cause upset stomach and constipation.
As a woman progresses in her pregnancy, her body will experience a shift in gravity. Misaligned joints can result in pain and discomfort. It can also cause difficult labor.
Women who receive chiropractic treatment throughout their pregnancy will find that the birthing process is smoother. This may be attributed to how regular adjustments have helped to keep the spine, pelvis, and hips in proper alignment. Additionally, nerves that are functioning properly can help a woman have more control over contractions for an improved birthing experience.
Regular visits to a chiropractor can help an expectant mother to remain flexible. This can help prevent stress injuries that can occur as a woman adapts to her changing body.
A chiropractor can work with an expectant mother to correct any postural issues that can result in chronic back pain.
Poor sleep posture can result in pain and restlessness during pregnancy. This can mean less sleep during the night. With guidance from a knowledgeable chiropractor, pregnant women can learn techniques that will help them rest better at night. Additionally, spinal alignments can reduce pain, which can also promote a better night’s rest.
Treatment can improve immune system health and can reduce inflammation in the body, resulting in a healthier pregnancy.
Regular adjustments throughout the course of pregnancy can put the body in a position to heal faster after delivery because the body has maintained the proper balance. Women can also benefit from continuing to see their chiropractors after delivery. Proper alignment can help a new mother to avoid injuries when holding their infant for long periods of time or when bending to lift their baby.
Finally, women can also receive nutritional advice during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, they may struggle with making the right food choices and can benefit from nutritional guidance. A chiropractor can work with a patient to help them develop a dietary plan that will ensure the expectant mother has the nutrients they need for a healthy pregnancy.
Chiropractic care for women during pregnancy provides a natural, holistic approach to pain management and prevention, during this exciting time in their life.
The chiropractors at Advantage Chiropractic offer specialized prenatal chiropractic treatment. Our carefully tailored, gentle prenatal treatments can help expectant mothers to achieve their wellness goals and can result in a more active pregnancy, easier delivery, or faster postnatal recovery. To learn more, contact our facility today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced and knowledgeable chiropractors.