Why Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Makes Sense
According to a study published in BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, there is a remarkably high prevalence of lower back pain during pregnancy, varying from mild discomfort to severe debilitating pain that can last for months.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is one of the most effective ways to reduce or even prevent the pain and discomfort that are caused by postural and pelvic changes during this time. Chiropractic therapy is the art and science of adjusting the spinal column and other joints of the body that may have become misaligned, thus reducing nerve stress and pain, and improving overall health.
Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
Chiropractic therapy typically includes caring for pregnant patients as well, facilitating a pleasant pregnancy and uncomplicated delivery. Massage, yoga, and chiropractic care are the commonly sought after alternative therapies during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is the time when you need to care for your physical and emotional well-being the most. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine concludes that chiropractic care during pregnancy has been found to be safe and effective in treating musculoskeletal symptoms in pregnant women.
Changes that happen to your body during pregnancy
Obvious changes to the body and posture start appearing during the second trimester of the pregnancy. The lumbar curve of the spine increases to accommodate the growing uterus. To balance the protruding abdomen, many women lean backward while walking or standing, thus putting extra pressure on the pelvis.
These changes affect not only the lower back and pelvis, but also the feet, ankles, and knees. The posture changes, and water retention (edema) can also occur in the ankles and knees.
During the second and third trimesters, night sweats may occur, thus making it difficult to sleep. Also the growing abdomen can add to the difficulty in finding a comfortable sleeping posture.
In addition to the bodily changes, mothers also experience a wide range of emotions – especially first time mothers. These feelings can range from excitement to nervousness and worry.
It is important to care for pregnant women throughout the duration of the pregnancy so the physical and emotional changes that occur can be easily dealt with. In addition to regular hospital visits and checkups, alternative therapeutic avenues also help significantly.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy
During pregnancy, your body changes to create a nurturing environment to accommodate the demands of the baby. Pelvic and postural changes, protruding abdomen, and a curved back can result in spine and joints that are misaligned.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with the following:
- A healthy pregnancy and easy labor
- Reducing the chances of cesarean delivery
- Reducing morning sickness and indigestion
- Eliminating and preventing lower back, neck, or joint pain
- Controlling edema and sciatica
- Controlling the swelling and pain in the knees
Chiropractic care ensures pelvic balance. The baby will have enough room for development and can easily move into the correct position for birth, thus reducing the chances of breech birth or potential cesarean deliveries.