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“Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy balances the pelvic, eliminating undue tension to muscles and ligaments and enhancing optimal fetal positioning”
The spine protects our nervous system, which is our brain, spinal cord, and nerves that control and coordinate all functions from breathing, thinking, moving, and feeling. The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body to heal and express a greater state of health and well-being. The goal of chiropractic is to check the spine for vertebral subluxations and misalignments causing nerve interference to this system.
Why Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, the body goes through a rapid transformation from an increase in hormones, weight gain, and postural adaptations, which can lead to subluxations and imbalance in the sacrum and pelvis. The obstetric literature has determined that when the pelvis and sacrum are aligned properly, it can help decrease dystocia (difficult birth), which can be hard on mom and baby. Chiropractic care can help improve and maintain the balance in the spine and pelvis.
Is it Safe to See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy?
Yes. As your pregnancy progresses, some chiropractic techniques will need to be modified for your comfort. Your chiropractor is aware of this and will make the necessary changes. This should include special pregnancy pillows that will accommodate your growing belly and will begin to use a technique specifically for pregnant women called the Webster technique.
Benefits of Chiropractic During Pregnancy and After
Research has shown that chiropractic care can support women in whatever birth they decide to have. Studies have shown the following:
Maintain a healthier pregnancy
Help control symptoms of nausea
Reduce the time of labor and delivery
Reduce the usage of pain medication
Relieve back, neck or joint pain
Decrease the risk of a potential cesarean delivery
Decrease the risk of a difficult birth that can be hard on mom and baby
Help to restore balance & function post-pregnancy
When to Contact a Chiropractor
It’s never too early to see a chiropractor. Most women find it beneficial to start care before getting pregnant to prepare their body for birth; however, we encourage women to start care by the 3rd trimester.