Pregnancy and Chiropractic

“Chiropractic care during pregnancy?  Are you crazy?”  This is a common response I get when I suggest chiropractic care for an expectant mother.  The fact is, getting her spine checked is one of the best things a pregnant woman can do, not only for herself, but also for the baby.  The increase of weight is one factor.  As the majority of weight gain is in the abdominal area, the center of gravity shifts forward, which exaggerates the natural curves of the spine.  This affects nerves, muscles, and the mobility of joints.  Ever hear that pregnant women have low back pain?  As the hips expand laterally to help stabilize the body, there is more pressure on the sacro-iliac joints, causing hip pain.  Also, the changing hormones affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bone, causing discomfort.

 

Think these changes only affect the mom?  Think again- the changing spine also affects the developing baby.  An unbalanced pelvis decreases room in the uterus, restricts the baby’s positions, and affects his/her developing spine and cranium.  This may also prevent him/her from getting into the correct position for birth, which can lead to longer, more painful labor, and unfortunately increase the probability of c-sections.

 

Chiropractic care helps balance the pelvis, stabilize the spine, help with discomfort and pain, and it is safe throughout all phases of pregnancy.  Also, a bonus!  Chiropractic care during pregnancy significantly decreases the length of time a woman is in labor.  First- time mothers average 24% shorter labor and those who have already given birth average 39% shorter labor time!

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