As mentioned above, the body undergoes several significant changes in preparation for your baby’s arrival. An enlarged abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes, and changes in posture can all place stress on your body, especially the spine, and lead to misaligned joints or vertebrae.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Back pain is a common complaint for many pregnant women. As your baby grows, there is a shift in your center of gravity that can make standing, sitting, or sleeping uncomfortable. You may sleep in an unhealthy position for the sake of comfort, which can lead to damaged joints or a misaligned spine that can linger long after your baby’s delivery. In some instances, your baby’s movement and growth may put pressure on your sciatic nerve which can extend the pain from your lower back to your legs.
Aligning the Pelvis
The stress, hormonal changes, and growth of your baby can cause you to shift around frequently to find comfort. Sometimes the positions you may find, though comfortable, may not be ideal for the body. Fortunately, chiropractic care focuses on realigning your body for optimal health and bodily function.
If the pelvis is out of alignment, this can limit your baby’s space and may make it difficult for the baby to move into the best position for labor. With regular chiropractic treatments, we can align the lower back for pain relief so that the delivery can be a smooth experience for mother and child.
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
We understand that many have concerns about whether chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy. First and foremost, it is always best to ask your doctor and OB-GYN or health professional if chiropractor care is right for you. He or she may have specific reasons for you refraining from chiropractic care or have a list of chiropractors in your area they recommend.
With chiropractic care, no medication or surgery is involved. Instead, physical manipulation is used to restore proper alignment within the body and relieve pain and tension within the body. By restoring proper alignment, your body’s systems can function optimally and help to promote health throughout your body.
Will I be comfortable during treatment?
As pregnant women have enlarged bellies, chiropractors use adjustable tables to allow for better patient comfort and refrain from using techniques that may place additional pressure on the abdomen to keep you and your baby safe. We can also recommend a variety of exercises and stretches that are safe and beneficial during pregnancy.