Many think of chiropractic care as strictly for injuries or prevention. As a result, some may overlook the benefits that it can offer individuals like pregnant women. During pregnancy, the body experiences a significant amount of physical changes that will affect the expecting mother’s day-to-day life. Often, she will experience pain or discomfort as her body adjusts to the new weight and growth of the child, and the need to be able to properly balance and adjust to this weight while continuing with her daily routine.
Some women find that massages and chiropractic care can work wonders for helping to speed up the body’s adjustment process and to alleviate any discomfort or pain that may be associated.
Pregnancy’s Bodily Changes
While a woman is pregnant, her body undergoes significant endocrinological and physiological changes to create a hospitable environment for the baby to grow and develop in a healthy way. These changes include an increase in the curve of the back, a protruding abdomen, pelvic changes, and adaptations to posture. As a result, nerves and ligaments may experience new tension and pressure, which can create some uncomfortable experiences.
Additionally, the body produces hormones that help to relax the mother’s ligaments and allow for proper positioning of the baby. However, these hormones can also cause the mother’s body to become looser. (Some women may even find that they’re clumsier than they used to be!) This can leave her body more susceptible to becoming out of alignment.
Re-Aligning the Body
Chiropractic care can help to re-align an expecting mother’s body to minimize the unpleasant effects of the natural misalignment process. A misaligned pelvis can be not only uncomfortable, but also harmful to the baby, as it can hinder the baby’s ability to get into the proper birthing position.
Spinal alignment is another critical component of pregnancy care. During pregnancy, the muscles surrounding the spine will often become tight and inflammatory, which can increase significantly along the places of the spine where misalignment is present. This can cause unnecessary stress to the nerves in the region, creating severe pain for the expecting mother. By ensuring proper alignment, chiropractic care can help to minimize these occurrences.
It’s completely natural for a pregnant woman to seek assistance with ensuring that her and her baby are in peak condition and prepared for a healthy, complication-free labor. If you’re pregnant and experiencing any discomfort, or are looking to prevent them, consider consulting a chiropractor with a specialty in pregnancy.