It may be surprising to some, but pregnancy and chiropractic care go hand in hand. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, gentle and natural way to help a woman’s body adapt to the many changes undergone during pregnancy.
Reasons For Care During Pregnancy:
During pregnancy, several changes take place in the body in order to create the proper environment for growing and nurturing your baby. These changes are both physical and hormonal. The physical changes can result in:
- Protruding abdomen
- Increased back curve
- Pelvic imbalance/misalignment
- Negative posture changes
Having your pelvis balanced and aligned is a very important reason to seek chiropractic care during pregnancy. When a pelvis is misaligned, it can reduce the amount of room you have for your growing baby, a condition known as “intrauterine constraint.” Misalignment in the pelvis can also hinder delivery, as it can prevent the baby from getting in the optimal position for birthing.
Benefits Of Chiropractic During Pregnancy:
Chiropractic adjustments seek to align the spine, which in turn keeps your nervous system working without interference. A healthy nervous system means a healthier body that functions more effectively. Above and beyond this crucial but general benefit of chiropractic, pregnant women experience their own set of pregnancy specific benefits:
- Optimal baby positioning
- Healthier pregnancy
- Reduced/alleviated pain in neck, back or joints
- Reduced nausea symptoms
- Quicker, safer labor and delivery
- Cesarean section prevention
Of all these benefits, optimal baby positioning may be the most important. When a baby is in the right position the potential for dystocia (or difficult labor) is removed, granting an easier and safer delivery for both you and your baby.
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