While being pregnant is certainly exciting, it’s also a very busy time.
Between ultrasounds, doctor’s visits, and getting the nursery ready, you have a lot on your plate. When you’re preparing for your due date, you should also consider seeing a pregnancy chiropractor.
Why should you see a pregnancy chiropractor?
Check out this guide to discover the top benefits of seeing a chiropractor during your pregnancy.
1. Help With Weight Gain
The average woman gains 30 pounds during her pregnancy. While the idea of gaining this much weight can be scary to some, the majority of the weight you gain is due to an increase in blood volume, as well as the placenta, and of course, your growing baby.
In fact, the placenta weighs nearly as much as the baby does. Regardless of where the weight gain is coming from, it can be extremely uncomfortable, as the increase in weight from the abdomen puts a lot of pressure on your discs and joints.
Because of this growing pressure, many pregnant women pull their lower backs forward. A prenatal chiropractor can help you relieve the extra pressure in your joints. This will allow you to more easily adapt and get used to your growing belly.
2. Help With Labor and Delivery Time
If you’re a first-time mom, you can expect to spend about eight hours in labor. If this isn’t your first pregnancy, you can expect your total labor time to be much less.
Spending hours in labor is a daunting prospect for many women. Luckily, a pregnancy chiropractor can help you reduce your total labor and delivery time.
In fact, one study found that seeing a chiropractor decreased labor time by 24 percent in first-time moms and 33 percent for second and third-time moms.
3. Help Prevent Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction
Symphysis pubic dysfunction, also known as pubic bone pain, often happens toward the end of pregnancy.
During the third trimester, your body starts preparing for labor by separating the pubic bone so that the baby can pass through the pelvic inlet. This is completely normal.
However, if you haven’t been under chiropractic care, there can be abnormal pelvic mechanics that cause the pubic bone to separate unevenly. This can cause a lot of pain when getting in and out of cars, beds, chairs, and when walking. It also has the potential to interfere with the baby passing through the area.
Possible complications include the baby’s shoulder getting stuck, which can lead to unwanted interventions and slow down labor.
4. Help With Round Ligament Pain
During the third trimester, the round ligament, which attaches the uterus to the abdominal wall, can get spastic. With this, getting in and out of bed and twisting and turning in bed can cause sharp, stinging pain along the side of your belly.
A pregnancy chiropractor can help relieve this spasticity and promote proper balance and tension between the two ligaments. If this problem isn’t corrected, there can be an uneven amount of tension between the sides of the uterus.
Keeping the balance between these two ligaments will help with your pregnancy pains, and it will also give your baby more room in the womb.
5. Help With Change in Pelvic Movements and Walking Patterns
We all know about the pregnant “waddle”.
This is usually the most noticeable during the third trimester in pregnancy, as this is when the baby is descending into the pelvic inlet. This is sometimes referred to as “engagement”.
However, while this is most noticeable in the third trimester, the mechanical changes start in the second trimester. As your baby grows, it’ll limit the ability of your sacrum to rock freely back and forth.
This typically leads to the mom gradually and noticeably increasing her base stance (aka, the distance between her feet). This helps to compensate for the lack of motion rocking in the pelvis.
Luckily, a pregnancy chiropractor can identify this issue quite easily. And, with the right adjustments, they can help to gently encourage the regular motion of the sacrum.
6. Help With Increased Curves in the Lower Back
As we mentioned earlier, extra weight in your abdomen during pregnancy will pull your lower back forward. This causes grinding and compression through your lower joints in your back.
Because of the increasing curve in the lower back, the rest of your spine will also change shape. For example, the mid-back will increase its curve and the neck will straighten out. This can lead to discomfort in your neck and lower back.
If you’re having a hard time getting around because of this pain, the gentle adjustments of a pregnancy chiropractor can help increase your flexibility, mobility, and relieve pressure on your joints.
7. Help With Postpartum Recovery
Seeing a chiropractor can also help with your postpartum recovery.
Having your spine aligned while you’re healing from delivery is an excellent idea. Your chiropractor can help you improve your core and pelvic floor strength. Additionally, a chiropractor can help with the mechanical challenges of breastfeeding.
Are You Ready to See a Pregnancy Chiropractor?
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to seeing a pregnancy chiropractor. Now, all you need to do is schedule your appointment.
If you live in the Oak Lawn, Illinois area, contact us today. Not only do we provide chiropractic adjustments, but we also offer pregnancy-safe massages as well as physical therapy. If you’re having trouble losing your pregnancy weight, we also offer weight loss therapy.