During your pregnancy, your own health and the health of your baby are of the utmost importance. There are so many changes your body goes through that it can be hard to find the pain relief and peace of mind that an expectant mother yearns for.
Fortunately, chiropractors who specialize in prenatal care have plenty of tools in their arsenal to make your pregnancy journey more physically and emotionally comfortable. Here are some of the most important reasons to visit a chiropractor during pregnancy.
#1: Reduce Pain During Pregnancy and Postpartum Pain
Chiropractors specialize in providing pain relief brought about by spine misalignment, pressure on joints, and other causes of neck pain, pain in the lumbar spine (i.e. lower back), and similar issues.
The need for this kind of care certainly applies to pregnant women, over half of whom experience some type of back pain during their 40 weeks of pregnancy. This may be a result of how the weight of an unborn baby throws off a woman’s natural posture.
If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, you can visit a chiropractor during and after your pregnancy in order to alleviate problems such as back pain, hip pain, muscle soreness, body aches, and joint stiffness, to name just a few. Even after giving birth, you can meet with a chiropractor to receive a postpartum adjustment. Healthy spine alignment is good for both mother and baby before and after birth!
#2: Reduce Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Chiropractors can do more than just help with your pain. Nausea, swelling, and acid reflux are all common symptoms experienced by pregnant women. Critically, all of these issues are related to some degree to your central nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustments can relieve some of the nerve pressure that pregnancy places on your body. By reducing this nerve pressure, chiropractic care can help your endocrine system (i.e. the part of the body that regulates your hormones) get closer to its normal state. This in turn may potentially lower the amount of vomiting, acid reflux, or other problematic symptoms that you experience as a result of your pregnancy.
#3: Improve the Baby’s Position
As a mother, you’re likely more concerned about your baby’s safety and comfort than you are about your own. That is another aspect of pregnancy that chiropractors can help with.
Delivering a baby in the feet-first, or breech, position raises an array of safety concerns for a healthy birth. Weekly sessions in the final two months of pregnancy can improve pelvic alignment, which consequently gives the baby more room to move.
With more space within the uterus, the baby has a better chance of assuming the proper head-first position for delivery prior to the birth itself.
#4: Potentially Have a Shorter Delivery
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can potentially reduce a mother’s labor time by a quarter or more. This is likely because, as described in the previous section, chiropractic adjustments can restore the proper alignment of a woman’s pelvic region.
Better pelvic balance decreases the level of constriction in that region of the body. This gives the baby the ability to pass through the labor canal with less difficulty and a shorter time of labor than if the mother had not received any chiropractic care.
In addition, chiropractic care can improve the health of your nervous system. Since nerve communication is directly connected to a woman’s contractions during labor, a healthier nervous system may increase your odds of faster labor and a safer delivery.
Contact Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center to Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re one of the countless expecting mothers hoping to have as healthy of a pregnancy and delivery as possible, you should talk to the chiropractic experts at Deep Roots Chiropractic Health Center. Our neurological-based chiropractic care may be the key to finding relief for your pregnancy, back pain or other health concerns. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and see how we can help you get to better health!