Supporting a Healthy Pregnancy Through Chiropractic Care
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
Throughout the course of your pregnancy there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby.
Center of gravity moves forward increasing the lumbar curve and placing extra strain and force through the lumbar spinal joints.
The hormone relaxin loosens joints, increasing mobility and decreasing stability which creates aggravation of previous joint injuries and increases pelvic imbalances.
Growing baby and increased fetal movement creates expansion of lower rib cage which can be aggravating to mid back joints that connect to ribs.
Increased breast size to proper lactation creates additional strain to the mid and upper back.
Modified posture through shoulders to offset change in center of gravity causes loss of cervical curve leading to headaches.
Pelvic misalignment alters pelvic opening leading to intrauterine constraint and fetopelvic disproportion.
Modified walking becomes wide, creating variation in skeletal joint and muscle mobility, aggravating the pelvic joints, hip joints, sciatic nerves and supporting uterine ligaments.
Adjusting your back and pelvis
Chiropractic adjustments can be done on virtually every joint in the body. During a woman’s pregnancy, the most common joints to be misaligned will be joints of the back and the pelvis. Some women find that low-back pain, seen especially in the last trimester from the baby’s head pressing down on their back, legs, and buttocks, can be too much to handle. In addition to low-back pain, a woman’s center of gravity will automatically shift forward to accommodate their growing baby. A chiropractor’s goal is to realign those joints in order to reestablish pelvic balance and to give the expecting mother relief from low-back pain.
Is chiropractic care safe for pregnant women?
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, drug-free care meaning that the risks associated with it are very low. Your chiropractor will assess you individually for any risks before commencing care.
Overall, there are no increased risks or side effects with chiropractic care for pregnant women.
Your prenatal chiropractor may use special techniques or table modifications to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.
Information for this web page was gathered from the American Pregnancy Association, the link can be found by clicking here.