If you’re expecting a baby, it can be an exciting and stressful time. Pregnancy involves regular trips to the ob-gyn but very often women deal with a side effect of pregnancy that requires another type of doctor. A common condition of pregnancy is back pain and that’s one of the reasons why many women turn to chiropractic care during pregnancy. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we want you to know about the health benefits of seeing a chiropractor while pregnant so you can ensure wellness for yourself and your new child.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
The American Pregnancy Association (APA) an organization devoted to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness nationwide, lists some of the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy on their website.
“There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.,” they write. “All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.”
If you’re pregnant, there are plenty of reasons to see a chiropractor. “The best use of chiropractic, in general, has to do with musculoskeletal problems, and, in pregnancy, a lot of women have problems that are caused by the uterus being off-center,” says Mary Hammond-Tooke, a certified nurse-midwife at The Maternity Center in Bethesda, MD told WebMD. “The uterus is pulling out in front and not well-balanced in back.” Hormones can soften joints and if mothers already have a child, holding them on your hip while pregnant can also throw things out of alignment.
It can be a difficult time and according to Healthline, 50 percent of pregnant women experience back pain before delivery. The website also cites another survey that indicates that about 75 percent of pregnant women who did receive chiropractic care reported pain relief. Chiropractic care can help patients deal with a protruding abdomen which causes increased curvature of the back as well as changes to the pelvis prior to labor and it can help you adapt your posture to accommodate carrying a child.
Chiropractic care can also benefit your unborn child. According to Healthline, a pelvis that’s out of alignment can restrict the space available to a developing baby and lead to birth defects. It can also make it difficult for the child to be in the most optimum position which could prevent a natural delivery.
Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness Can Help You Have a Healthier Pregnancy
Chiropractic care is safe during an entire pregnancy but there are conditions that might not make it advisable. These include vaginal bleeding, placenta prevue or placenta abruption, ectopic pregnancy as well as moderate or severe toxemia. Check with your primary care physician or ob-gyn if you’re uncertain.
At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we want you to deliver a healthy baby and we want you healthy too. Whether you’re pregnant or seeking pain relief for other conditions we can help. Contact us today.
Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.