How can chiropractic care benefit your pregnancy?
We have many patients who have been seen before, during and after pregnancy and we enjoy helping them through this exciting time in their lives. There are many benefits of receiving chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy. We will discuss a few of them here.
Relieves Common Pregnancy Symptoms
Chiropractic care may help relieve, or even prevent, common symptoms including nausea, excessive swelling, back and joint pain, and pain from sciatica. Pregnancy causes major changes to occur in your body, including more limber joints and ligaments, digestive and hormonal changes, a decreased center of gravity, and a growing abdomen which causes increased curve of the low back. With all of these changes, your body can find it hard to keep up and maintain a healthy state of being. Chiropractic care can help your body to adjust to these changes easier and maintain a healthy state for your baby to grow in. With chiropractic care it is possible to have a healthy, more comfortable pregnancy and ensure that everything stays aligned so that your body can function at it’s absolute best during this very important time.
Allow for Optimal Nerve Communication
When your spine is aligned properly your spinal column has the room it needs to function properly without undue stress on the nerves. This communication is vital in proper body function and optimal health. Because your body has many changes taking place during pregnancy, your spine can become misaligned and therefore cause interruptions to occur in the nerve communication. These interruptions may not seem like a big deal, but they can cause things to not function or develop properly, either in the mom’s body or the baby’s. In order to allow your body the best chance of doing everything it needs to do to produce a healthy baby it is important to consider the health of the spine.
Helps Mom and Baby be Prepared for Delivery
Many studies have shown that when the spine and pelvis are properly aligned most babies will be in the optimal position for birth. When babies are positioned optimally for birth, mothers often experience shorter and less difficult labors, and are able to avoid unnecessary interventions. Chiropractic care is important for maintaining the alignment and balance of the pelvis. Proper alignment is also important for smooth labor and delivery since a lot of stress is put on the spine, particularly the low back. Starting out correctly aligned and getting adjusted as soon after delivery as possible will help your body to function at it’s best and recuperate better.
Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
Conclusively, studies have shown that mom’s who are healthy before becoming pregnant and maintain their health throughout their pregnancy tend to have healthy labors, deliveries, and babies. Chiropractic care can be an important part of your health and should not be overlooked especially at a time when your health, or the lack thereof, affects the well-being of another human life.
For more information, read this article from the American Pregnancy Association on chiropractic care during pregnancy.