One of the most overlooked aspects of chiropractic care is how it aids in the pregnancy process. Here are some benefits of prenatal chiropractic care:
Relief from Back Pain
When a woman becomes pregnant, her body begins to rapidly change physiologically. Her center of gravity keeps shifting as she progresses through pregnancy, and with each new shift comes certain postural adaptations that create misalignments in the spine. Misalignments that were present before the pregnancy, may also become accentuated. The protruding belly oftentimes exaggerates the curve in the low back, putting a lot more pressure on the lumbar spine.
Creates an Optimal Position for the Baby
The change in pelvis, which becomes wider, can highlight the misalignments that were already present. When there are misalignments within the pelvis, this can decrease the space available for the growing baby, making it uncomfortable and sometimes leading baby to move into a less than optimal position, such as a breech position. When this occurs, this is termed intrauterine constraint, and this can be very uncomfortable for the mother and the baby.
Increases Your Chance for a Smoother Delivery and Birth
A misaligned pelvis, can also narrow the space within the pelvis, making it more difficult for the baby to come down the pelvic brim during the birthing process.
Helps Decrease Pregnancy Symptoms
Chiropractors look at the spine to access the nervous system health, and look for any restrictions or misalignments that are decreasing the communication going to the brain and to the body via the nerves. When there are restrictions, these nerves cannot send messages efficiently, which may cause symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Many women get relief from these symptoms by getting regular chiropractic adjustments.