Who do you know who is pregnant?
Pregnancy is a time of joy and exciting anticipation, but for some the experience is colored by pain and discomfort. During pregnancy women undergo many structural and hormonal changes. These changes effect the spine, nerves, joints, ligaments, connective tissues, center of gravity and stability.
Chiropractic care ensures the spinal column, pelvis and related structures are balanced, moving easily and free of vertebral subluxations. When free of vertebral subluxations, the mother-to-be experiences a greater level of comfort and can better handle the rigor of childbirth.
The benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy:
There are many things pregnant women worry about: staying pregnant, carrying the baby to full term, morning sickness, the baby developing normally, backaches, leg pain and if their labor will be safe and (hopefully) easy.
Can chiropractic care help ease their minds? Chiropractic care helps pregnant and birthing women in a number of ways. Spinal adjustments on pregnant women provide corrective care which help maintain pregnancy, control vomiting during pregnancy, deliver full-term infants with ease and produce healthier infants.
It also improves the baby’s birth position. Pre-natal chiropractic techniques release stress on the pelvis and uterus, helping the unborn child to turn and position itself properly for a healthy birth presentation.
Advising expecting mothers
Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Nearly all drugs and medications can cause fetal damage or malformations. It is important for pregnant women to avoid them as much as possible.
Chiropractic’s drug-free approach is why it is valued during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can also help after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened begin to tighten up again. Joint problems brought on during pregnancy should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state. This will prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems.