Ever wondered about the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy? Maybe you’ve never even considered it. Prenatal chiropractic adjustments can be very beneficial.
During pregnancy, your body produces hormones that relax your ligaments in order for your baby’s head to fit through your pelvis. The combination of these hormones and your round belly can leave you loose-limbed, sway-backed and particularly clumsy. This is due to your rapidly lowering center of gravity, and all of these factors can really do a number on your spine. Chiropractic care may undo most of this damage and properly align your lower body for an easier birth. Some chiropractors also claim that chiropractic adjustments can reduce the likelihood of miscarriage, control morning sickness and nausea, and lower the risk of pre-term delivery. Treatments will also relieve any back, neck and joint pain.
What should you know about chiropractic care during your pregnancy?
Firstly, make sure you clear treatment with your ob-gyn. During treatment, the chiropractor will place you on the table in such a way to keep pressure off of your belly during treatments. The doctor will avoid having you lay flat on your back, especially during your last trimester. Establishing pelvic alignment can increase the amount of room for the developing baby. A misaligned pelvis can also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
Chiropractic treatments can also be helpful during the postpartum period. Having a new infant means less sleep, craning your neck downwards to nurse, and lifting car seats and other items. This can all lead to strain on the neck and back, leading to pain and trouble sleeping. With specialized muscle and joint therapy, we can assist the new mother in easing into this new phase of her life, without pain. Give us a call at (408) 248-8700 to schedule an appointment.