Pregnancy is the time you spend preparing to fall in love for a lifetime. It is exciting and tiring, enjoyable and stressful all at the same time. It is vital to take care of yourself throughout this precious time. At Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness, we’re prepared to help you.
Why Pregnant Women Should Consider Chiropractic Care
There are so many changes that will happen throughout your pregnancy. Physical changes are at the heart of pregnancy. Your belly swells and your back may suffer from the changes in your posture that occur as you try to adapt to the extra weight.
Some pregnant women may experience a condition known as sciatica, a condition where the sciatic nerve becomes compressed because of prolonged sitting or postural misalignment.
With pregnancy, the production of ligament-loosening and joint-loosening hormones increases as well. These hormones help pave the way for the baby to be born. This increase in hormones adds to the additional weight your body must adapt to carry.
A chiropractor is trained to help by adjusting or realigning your spinal cord as well as the ligaments and muscles that surround it. This helps make the childbirth process easier and potentially less painful.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe For Pregnancy?
The short answer is yes and it is often recommended. Many women like that chiropractic care is a non-drug, non-surgical option to relieve their pregnancy symptoms. Some women say that chiropractic treatments help to ease vomiting and nausea, commonly referred to as morning sickness.
Chiropractic care can not only make the nine months of pregnancy more comfortable, but it can also help with the labor process. According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who receive chiropractic care throughout their entire pregnancy increase the chances that they will have a more balanced pelvis and that the baby will have more room needed for proper development during the nine months of gestation.
A balanced pelvis helps babies move into an optimal position for natural childbirth and decreases the chances for:
- Dystocia (difficult labor)
- Breech and posterior presentations
- Needing a cesarean delivery (C-Section)
Is Chiropractic Care Safe for The Baby?
It is common for pregnant women to worry about how their decisions affect their growing baby. According to healthline.com, a misaligned pelvis can do more than just cause pain for the mom. Intrauterine constraint is a condition in which an external force obstructs your growing baby’s regular movements, and this can cause congenital disabilities for the baby. Chiropractic care helps to alleviate this potential complication.
How Often Should A Pregnant Woman See A Chiropractor?
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends women receive chiropractic care throughout the entire pregnancy. Chiropractors have the best chances to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy.
Consult with your OB-GYN
While chiropractic treatment is deemed safe during pregnancy, it is important to consult with your OB-GYN before seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment is not advised if you suffer and of these pregnancy-related conditions:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Placenta previa or placental abruption
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Moderate to severe toxemia
The Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness Difference
Our chiropractor, Dr. Todd Goldman, will help you through your pregnancy with as little stress, pain, nausea, and fatigue as possible by keeping your spinal health and overall wellness a priority. Contact Total Chiropractic Care and Wellness today for more information about our services during pregnancy.