Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
The following changes can result in a misaligned spine or joints
• Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
• Pelvic changes
• Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy.
When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint.
A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include
• Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
• Controlling symptoms of nausea
• Reducing the time of labour and delivery
• Relieving back, neck or joint pain
• Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
Optimal Baby Positioning
A baby who is not in the position to be delivered head first at the time of labour is known to be in breech position, which can lead to complications including a highly difficult vaginal delivery, cord prolapse, or a C-section delivery. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps you maintain healthy pelvic balance, so your baby has enough room to freely move head-first into the correct delivery position. During your eighth month of pregnancy, make regular chiropractic adjustments a priority to avoid breech presentation and benefit from optimal positioning.
Healthier Overall Pregnancy
The goal of chiropractic care is to address and remove nerve obstructions in the spinal column that may be preventing your organs and immune system from functioning at optimal levels. The stronger and healthier your immune system, the stronger and healthier your baby’s own immune system will be at the time of birth. Prenatal chiropractic care can contribute to improved overall health for both you and your baby, and may reduce some unwanted symptoms so you can experience a safer, more comfortable pregnancy. All those uncomfortable symptoms will magically disappear the first time you hold your baby!
Why Prenatal Chiropractic Care
As your body changes both physically and physiologically with pregnancy, many discomforts arise. The pelvis widens, the spine compresses, and one’s posture begins to curve, among other changes. With all these changes come aches and pains. Receiving routine treatment during pregnancy can help continued alignment of the spine and maintaining pelvic balance, providing several benefits.
In addition to pain relief, chiropractic care can help avoid certain risks during labour and delivery and help those who want to have a noninvasive, natural birth through ideal positioning and pain management. As a result of chiropractic care, improved circulation, optimal spinal alignment, ideal pelvic position, and overall emotional wellbeing all contribute to a more comfortable, positive prenatal and postnatal experience.
Alleviate back pain
Sore back, neck and joints are the most common ailment pregnant women face. Plus, if you suffer from sciatica, this pain can resonate through the body and be debilitating. Pain does come with the weight of that growing belly and curving spine, but also because of the production of relaxin. Relaxin is the hormone that loosens your ligaments and joints in the pelvic area to prepare for birth, and also results in painful and fragile joints throughout the body. Fortunately, chiropractic care naturally relieves back pain by decompressing and properly aligning the spine, including alleviation of pain from all reasons for pain, including relaxin production. With chiropractic care, you can enjoy better posture, increased flexibility and mobility, and even better sleep along with overall pain relief.
Get relief from nausea
Another common pregnancy symptom is morning sickness. Nausea is often overlooked when considering chiropractic care. However, regular treatments can also tackle this discomfort by aligning your spine to improve overall nervous system function, which will allow your increased hormones to balance and therefore lessen nausea. Additionally, digestive issues such as heartburn or constipation can also be improved with regular chiropractic care.
The more flexible you are, the less risk of injury you face overall, especially in the spine. This is incredibly important during pregnancy as you lose mobility increasingly the further along you go. Continued spinal alignments will help you maintain flexibility throughout your body so you can avoid injury during pregnancy, as well as during labour.
Optimal positioning baby before birth
Dangerous positioning of the baby, such as breech or sunny side up position, can lead to interventions such as induction, forceps birth, and C-section. Preparation through chiropractic care can help to position the baby optimally and decrease the risk of intervention. Treatment can therefore help reduce overall labour and delivery time, and therefore help you avoid complications in general.
Have a potentially easier labour and delivery
The spine is directly connected to the lower back and pelvis, so routine realignment through chiropractic care will improve posture and provide optimal pelvic alignment. This can help strengthen pelvic muscles, avoid lower back injury during labor, and maximize space for the baby leading to a much easier and smoother labour and delivery. This can also help those wanting to avoid pain medication and experience a natural birth. Of course, it is important to note that chiropractic care, like all prenatal preparations and treatments, cannot guarantee an easy labour and delivery, as all bodies and birthing experiences are different! However, taking steps to ensure you are wholly connected to your body and baby can encourage a positive birthing experience, even if your birth plan does not follow through perfectly.
Easier postnatal recovery
Once you give birth, your body continues to slowly revert to its pre-pregnancy state. Recovery time can decrease if you maintained spinal flexibility, pelvic strength, and overall wellness during pregnancy. Because chiropractic care can help to promote a smoother, more natural birth as well, healing and recovery time is also lessened. Chiropractic care can therefore help during the postnatal period, particularly with pelvic rebalancing. We encourage you to continue routine treatment to reap these benefits postnatally.
Healthier overall pregnancy and emotional wellbeing
It is well-known that chiropractic increases immune response, helping you avoid nasty colds and allergies that are even worse to endure while pregnant. Additionally, pregnancy wellness and being in tune with your body at its healthiest state can bolster your emotional well-being, improving your prenatal experience all around. Happy mind, healthy body, happy and healthy baby!
Overall, receive chiropractic treatment is safe and effective at all stages of pregnancy. Experiencing the advantages of chiropractic care to encourage pregnancy wellness can be truly amazing!