Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy and can help ease your pregnancy discomfort, as well as help you experience a positive delivery and recovery. Women have special health concerns during every phase of their lives; pregnancy is certainly one of the most important and complex phases. Although the changes women experience from pregnancy are natural, a little extra help is sometimes needed to cope with the dramatic changes in their bodies.
In addition to the noticeable changes pregnancy causes in a woman’s body, pregnancy can cause subtle changes in the musculoskeletal system – changes your chiropractor is able to detect and correct. Because the baby lies forward in the woman’s body during pregnancy, her center of gravity shifts, and the spine alters itself to accommodate this change. As well, normal hormonal changes loosen a woman’s ligaments, which can also contribute to pain. Approximately half of all pregnant women will experience lower back pain at some point in their pregnancies, especially later in pregnancy when the baby’s head is downward and can irritate the sciatic nerve. These stresses and strains can be relieved with regular chiropractic care.
But the benefits of chiropractic care can extend beyond pregnancy, into labor and recovery. Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries prior to chiropractic care. Once medical study even found that women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy had 25-31% shorter labors (Cara L. Borggren, 2007). Chiropractic care can also help you after delivery, and we can care for and treat any neuromusculoskeletal symptoms you experience after birth. After labor and delivery, loosened ligaments slowly return to normal over the course of eight weeks, so prompt chiropractic care is essential.
Chiropractic care helps women get well and stay well – before, during, and after their pregnancies. Isn’t it time you tried chiropractic care for yourself and in order to get ready for your future family? If you would like chiropractic care during pregnancy, please contact our office now to schedule an appointment and see how we can help you.