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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Harvey

Can Chiropractic Care Help with Pregnancy?

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Approximately 22 million Americans choose chiropractic treatment annually. Almost half of these seek chiropractors due to back pains caused by accidents or muscle strains. A good number is pregnant women who go through pains and aches in the hips and lower backs as part of the process. However, is chiropractic care beneficial for pregnant women? Find out below the detailed benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.

What is Chiropractic Treatment?

Chiropractic care is the manipulation of the spine; the idea being the proper alignment of the spine will allow the body to cure itself without medication or surgery.

The Benefits

Chiropractic care involves physical therapy that reduces nerve stress in the spinal cord. It is for this reason that during pregnancy, chiropractic care is considered safe. There are no complications. During pregnancy, one experiences various physical and hormonal changes, which occasionally impact posture and functionality.

Regular visits to the chiropractor can assist in addressing issues such as;

  • Protruding abdomen and a bigger back curve

  • Alterations of the pelvis

  • Changes in your posture

These benefits include;

  1. Reducing Labor and Delivery Time

Many pregnant women desire a shorter time during labor and delivery. It is possible because chiropractic treatment prepares the mother's body for delivery by ensuring that the spine and the joints are well aligned. By manipulating their posture, the link between the mother and her body fixes, enabling a smooth birth transit.

  1. Lessens In-Utero Constraints

One of the various changes that a woman undergoes during pregnancy is a spiked production of relaxin. This hormone relaxes the body's ligaments allowing the baby to resume the correct position while the mother is in motion. Occasionally, pregnant women may encounter subluxation, which restricts the movement of the pelvis.

It may cause in-utero constraints, resulting from placing immense pressure on the ligaments, which prevents them from relaxing and allowing the baby to move freely. Chiropractic care rectifies this situation by reducing the mother's stress, allowing the baby to move easily.

  1. Enhances Postpartum Recovery

The mother's body will recover quickly after successful delivery, having already been adjusted via chiropractic care. Physical therapy promotes alignment of the woman's spine, leading to stimulation of the nervous system.

  1. Proper Pelvic Alignment

Due to a misalignment of the pelvis, an expectant mother may undergo difficulties during delivery. If the pelvis is not aligned correctly, the pelvis will not provide adequate room for the baby to be in an okay position leading to a breeching condition. A professional chiropractor can help a pregnant woman align her pelvis, which translates to a non-invasive birth.

Chiropractic care is an appropriate care method for expectant mothers to help maintain a wholesome pregnancy. Ultimately, it also eases pregnancy symptoms, such as offering relief from morning sickness. Nausea and vomiting results from pinching of the nerves or misplacement of the vertebrate. Chiropractic care adjusts everything into place, consequently ensuring the mother's comfort.

Chiropractic care is an excellent way of incorporating fun in your pregnancy journey. Be sure to consult your physician before visiting the chiropractor.

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