Pregnant women experience endocrinological and physiological changes. Chiropractors can help them to help prepare the female body to be the optimal environment for a developing baby.
Pregnancy often causes pelvic changes, and an increased back curve because of the protruding abdomen. Chiropractors are especially helpful in these areas.
A woman’s misaligned pelvis can decrease the amount of room available for her developing baby. The medical term for this condition is called intrauterine constraint. A mother’s misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby’s delivery.
Intrauterine constraint can lead to the baby being in posterior position, which can cause breech births. Often, it’s decided to intervene with a natural and non-invasive birth, and medical professionals will instead perform a c-section.
How chiropractors help
Misaligned pelvic situations also contribute to other difficulties for expectant mothers. That’s where chiropractors can help. They’re able to work with the musculoskeletal problems that can occur when the uterus is off center. When pregnant, a woman’s uterus pulls out in front and puts the body off-balance.
Pregnancy causes a great deal of hormonal changes. This can soften joints, and women often experience pain. Chiropractors are able to offer non-intrusive, drug-free help in this area.
The most common chiropractic treatments pregnant women seek out is treatment for headaches, lower back pain, and sacroiliac pain. This last condition is a pain that starts in the lower back and usually radiates down a single leg. Carrying the extra weight of a developing baby often triggers this condition.
Many women who’ve undergone chiropractic treatment during pregnancy say that it helped them with the nausea and vomiting that’s common with this life experience. This can be the case if the pregnancy is contributing to pinched nerves and misaligned vertebrae. When obstructions to the nerves in the spinal column are removed, the brain and body are able to communicate freely, and the body is more able to heal itself. This allows expectant mothers to refrain from taking medications to help deal with morning sickness.
New mothers also find benefits from chiropractic care. They spend a lot of time carrying the baby, which includes breast- or bottle feeding. This extra weight can cause misalignments.
Proper nutrition is also crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Chiropractors believe in a holistic approach to health, so they are an excellent source for information about diet during pregnancy. Ask your obstetrician about chiropractic care during pregnancy. You may find that these two medical professionals are the perfect duo for you and your baby-on-the-way. Learn more about us here.