Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and drug-free approach to pain relief during pregnancy. Chiropractic care should begin before conception to insure the woman’s body is in optimal health to develop a baby and should continue well after labor.
Many couples have difficulty conceiving and seek alternative ways to improve the process. Infertility issues may be associated with improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, and high stress lifestyles. With chiropractic care our goal is to reduce the interruption of the nervous system to restore proper communication to the reproductive organs.
During pregnancy, your body is going through several physiological and hormonal changes. These changes are designed to create a safe and thriving environment for your developing baby. One of the physiological changes you will notice, is your abdomen will begin to protrude to make space for your baby. This will increase the curve in your low back and cause more stress on muscles and joints. Due to these changes, 50% to 75% of pregnant women will experience back pain during their pregnancy.1-3 As chiropractors, our goal is to restore balance, realign the spine and provide mothers with a comfortable, happy pregnancy.
In preparation for birth, a hormone called relaxin will be released to allow for your pelvis to widen. If there is a misalignment in the pelvis, it may reduce the amount of room available for the baby and make it difficult for the baby to get in position for birth. Abnormal baby position can lead to prolonged labor times and potentially C-sections. Chiropractic care has been shown to decrease ligamentous and muscular stress in the low back, which may aid in positioning of the baby prior to birth. A recent study also shows that chiropractic care can reduce labor times by up to 31%!4,5
Care for the mother postpartum is just as important. Labor is traumatic to the human body and many women experience severe pelvic pain postpartum. After the birthing process, your body works to return to prepregnancy status by again altering hormone levels. Prepregnancy status can be difficult to achieve for some patients due to persistent biomechanical changes that linger post-delivery. We work with mothers to analyze and identify the source of their pain and why they’re having it. One of the most important times for any woman to receive chiropractic care is before, during, and after her pregnancy. By receiving regular chiropractic care throughout the duration of your pregnancy, you can reduce pain and stress on spinal joints and potentially decrease labor time!
Labor is not only traumatic for the mother, but also the baby. Click here to learn how chiropractic care can help your baby recover, develop and grow!
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