Chiropractic care has many benefits for health. But did you know it also has many benefits for pregnancy?
Chiropractors are trained to care for all types of bodies, including pregnant women. However, some chiropractors specialize in pre-natal and post-natal care. A pregnancy chiropractor can bring an array of relief, benefits, and comfort to pregnant women during and after their pregnancy.
If you are like the majority of expecting mothers and are feeling tired, nauseous, stiff, sore, or achy, then a pregnancy chiropractor is just what you need. Keep reading to learn about the top benefits of visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy.
Shorter & Easier Labor
Realigning pelvis and spine – more comfort and relief of aches and pains associated with the changing body during pregnancy especially the widening of the pelvis
Restoring pelvic balance makes more space for the baby – the space that should be there. When the pelvis is misaligned, this can reduce the space of the womb or lead to awkward positions. This misalignment can lead limit the correct positioning of the baby for delivery and make it difficult to have a natural birth.
Realigning the pelvis to the correct and more spacious position can help ensure the baby is in the best position for a natural delivery. This is rear-facing, head down. Thus, restoring correct pelvic structure and alignment can prevent cesarian births and improve both the mother and the baby’s comfort during pregnancy.
In addition, studies show that pregnant women who participate in regular chiropractor care have 25 percent shorter labors. When the body is aligned correctly, the baby has an easier time getting in the right position for a natural birth. During labor, an aligned pelvic girdle makes it easier for the baby to pass through the birthing canal, leading to a potentially shorter and easier labor.
As you gain more weight and begin to carry that way in the abdomen, many women begin to also lose good posture. Poor posture leads to the rounding of the spine causing pressure and pain, and can also cause neck problems, tension, and headaches. A pregnancy chiropractor can help realign your spine to improve posture and reverse some of the consequences of poor posture.
Safe Pain Relief
Pregnancy is known to cause pain in the back, joints, hips, and feet. Particularly, pregnancy is related to lower back pain associated with carrying more abdominal weight which puts pressure on the lower arch of the spine. Joint pain is typically experienced in the hips due to the expanding pelvis, as well as in the knees and ankles due to carrying more weight. Hormones and weight gain can also cause swelling in the joints and the feet, leading to increased discomfort.
Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can help relieve all of these aches and pains. Chiropractors are trained in readjusting the back, neck, and joints so they are properly aligned and also to release tension and pressure– typical causes of pain. Popping the joints releases air between the bones, releasing tension and allowing for proper positioning.
Some specific pain relief you will get from a pregnancy chiropractor include:
- Lower back pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Sacroiliac pain
- Pubic symphysis pain
- Round ligament pain
The best part about chiropractor care for pain relief during pregnancy is that it is safe. You don’t have to worry about potentially harming your baby like you would when taking pain relief medications. Instead, you can rest assured that your pain treatment is natural and holistic and simply enjoy the benefits.
Unfortunately, nausea is a common part of early pregnancy. While researchers are not exactly sure what causes pregnancy nausea, there is some evidence that nausea is connected to the central nervous system. Hormonal and physical changes can impact the nervous system… not to mention the stress that one may experience during their pregnancy.
A pregnancy chiropractor can adjust the body in ways that help restore healthy nervous system functioning and release stress. This can reduce nausea which not only has benefits for the expecting mother but also for the baby. With less nausea, moms can eat a more well-rounded diet and keep down essential calories, vitamins, and minerals.
Help With Digestion
Just like nausea, digestion is highly regulated by the central nervous system. When the nervous system is irregular due to hormones, stress, or misaligned joints such as the neck and spine, the digestion system is likely irregular as well.
Visiting a chiropractor for pregnancy has been shown to help with indigestion, heartburn, and constipation, all common symptoms of pregnancy. A more regular and healthy digestion tract will reduce GI discomfort and pain during pregnancy and help make sure mom is absorbing and retaining important nutrients.
When the body is aligned and has less tension, there is much less inflammation. So, moms who go to a pregnancy chiropractor or baby chiropractor have easier and quicker recoveries after birth.
Schedule an Appointment With a Pregnancy Chiropractor and Begin Enjoying the Benefits
As you can see, visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy has many benefits. It can reduce and relieve pain, nausea, and digestive issues, realign the pelvis and reset posture, and improve labor and post-natal recovery.
So, what are you waiting for?
If you’re pregnant and looking for an experienced and top-rated pregnancy chiropractor, look no further than Vital Family Chiropractic. We offer pregnancy chiropractor care that includes the Webster technique, pre-conceptive care, pregnancy care, and post-partum treatment. We also offer pediatric care and more!
Contact us today to schedule your first appointment.