3 Ways Chiropractic Care Can Benefit Expectant Mothers
Pregnancy can be a real roller coaster ride of physical and emotional changes for expectant moms. In the blink of an eye, joy and excitement can turn to fear and stress because of the hormonal changes of pregnancy — not to mention the natural urgency expectant moms feel about caring for the health of their growing baby. The structural physical changes of pregnancy can also cause considerable pain, to say nothing of the intensity of delivery.
Chiropractic care can provide natural, drug-free pain relief while also optimizing nervous system function throughout pregnancy. Many expecting moms and babies experience a smoother, safer pregnancy and a better delivery.
1. Chiropractic Care: The Safe Pregnancy Back Pain Relief Option
Most women experience back pain at some point in pregnancy — sometimes so severe that it makes moving and sleeping difficult. Yet painkillers are contraindicated during pregnancy, for the safety of both the expecting mom and baby.
The most obvious reason for pregnancy back pain is that the baby is growing — causing a shift in the woman’s center of gravity, straining muscles, ligaments and tendons in the lower back. Also, hormones are loosening pelvic ligaments to prepare for delivery, making women more susceptible to injury and imbalance. All of these changes can cause spinal misalignments that pinch nerves and cause back pain and other problems.
A regular schedule of pregnancy chiropractic adjustments helps the spine and pelvis re-align and stay in balance as the baby grows. This treatment can naturally reduce pregnancy back pain problems — without any painkillers — making it safer for the expecting mother and baby. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association regards chiropractic care as a safe pain relief and wellness option for expectant mothers.
2. Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Improves Nervous System Function
Regular spinal adjustments help keep the spinal cord unimpeded during the changes of pregnancy — which helps all of the woman’s organs and glands work at their optimum levels at this crucial time when her body is building a new human being. This helps pregnant women stay healthier and more relaxed, which is good for babies. This can also decrease incidence of pregnancy-related headaches, swelling and feelings of stress, all of which help expecting moms sleep better — something else of which pregnant women desperately need.
3. Pregnancy Chiropractic Treatment Can Improve Delivery and Reduce Breech Presentations
The Webster Technique, which can be done throughout pregnancy, keeps pregnant women’s spine, sacrum and pelvis balanced — and optimizes the space available in the womb for the baby to move into correct delivery position. This pregnancy chiropractic care can reduce the incidence of breech presentations and helps many expecting moms experience a faster, less-complicated delivery.
Of course, after the baby is born, it’s also important for new moms to take the best care of themselves as they adapt to motherhood. Continuing postnatal chiropractic care can help moms avoid post-pregnancy back pain and help them stay energetic during an exciting, but physically and emotionally demanding time.
If you need safe, effective pain relief during pregnancy, chiropractic care can be extraordinarily helpful for you and your growing baby. Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor to start enjoying natural, drug-free pain relief during your pregnancy.