When being pregnant, a woman’s body goes through so many changes to be able to grow a baby and prepare for birth. Some of these changes can cause misalignments in your spine due to weight distribution in the belly, and postural and pelvic orientation changes. It is because of these changes that chiropractic care can be an essential part of pregnancy care.
For many pregnant women, it is very common to experience aches and pains in the lower back and hips. Actually, around 50% of pregnant women feel back pain before giving birth to their babies. Fortunately, relief can be found by visiting a chiropractor. Learn the 4 benefits of having chiropractic treatment for pregnancy pain below.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Chiropractors have a holistic approach to health and they are dedicated to getting to the root cause of pain instead of masking or just treating symptoms. It is very important to see a certified chiropractor that has experience with the Webster Technique, an adjustment used for pelvic alignment. Let’s go over the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, for both the mother and the baby:
#1 Relief Of Aches And Pains
Chiropractors are experts at treating subluxations. In other words, when spinal bones can’t move properly or are in the wrong position that can affect the communication between your brain and your body. When this communication between nerves is disrupted it can cause pain and poor neck, back, and organ function.
Our entire body is run by the nervous system so when something is misaligned, it can affect other parts of the body. A subluxation can result from toxins in our body, physical trauma, body products, or even stress, depression, anger, and anxiety. These last elements can tighten the muscles, cause you pain and poor posture as our body attempts to fight them.
When you’re not pregnant, a chiropractic adjustment can be a great way of relieving pain, discomfort, treat and prevent health issues, and align the spine. When you are pregnant it is even more important to get adjusted because your body is going through many changes and your health is very connected to your baby’s health.
#2 Better Birthing Position
Your position can be just as important as your baby’s. However, sometimes even with all the exercise, preparation, and education in the world can’t ensure your baby will be properly positioned if you are not receiving good chiropractic care.
If you have a misaligned pelvis, your baby’s environment can become restricted while developing. This can also contribute to a delivery position that is not optimal for birth. When a baby is in the breech position it can prevent a natural non-invasive birth, which can potentially lead to a c-section that you may not want.
When a mother’s labor just won’t get going or stops and starts can sometimes be caused by the mother having a subluxation. This is why the baby is unable to get into a good position. Chiropractic care can help your labor to proceed normally.
#3 Helps Special Circumstances
Some pregnant women have unique circumstances like previous c-sections or malpositioned babies and chiropractic care can mean a world of difference between a surgical and vaginal birth. Some chiropractors give their patients the option of getting a chiropractic adjustment during labor. This is something that can be very beneficial for both the mother and the baby.
#4 Emotional Health
When a pregnant woman is going through excruciating pain or it’s fearing her body’s ability to function is not only having physical symptoms but emotional symptoms as well. When a chiropractor relieves physical pain this can also lead to relieving emotional stress and can have a lasting and deep impact on the woman’s emotional health.
If you are pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant, you should meet with an experienced and certified prenatal chiropractor to discuss your chiropractic care as part of your pregnancy plan.