The Human body makes many changes during pregnancy in preparation for giving birth. All of which put stress on parts of the body. Preparing for a baby is stressful enough so feeling good during pregnancy makes preparing for baby a lot easier. Chiropractic can help mommy, baby and labor.
Making Room for the baby
If the bones in your pelvis are subluxated, it can put tension on the ligaments that support the uterus. During pregnancy, the body secretes hormones that help to relax our ligaments. Without these hormones, the pelvis would not expand enough to allow the birth of the baby and if those ligaments are not relaxed, it can cause a decrease in space in the uterus, as well as, in the pelvis ring. The Importance of Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy is to establish pelvic balance and reduce undue stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments and optimizes the room the baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into correct position for birth. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in an easier and safer delivery for both mom and baby.
Most headaches are caused or aggravated by subluxations in the cervical spine. Fluxes of hormones also contribute to headache occurrence. Women, who suffer from migraines and were taking medication prior to becoming pregnant, often look to Chiropractic for relief, since they can no longer take the medication. Many patients actually find that the adjustments are more effective than the medications.
Pain in the mid-back becomes more frequent as the breasts become denser from milk gland production. The heavier they get the worse your posture become.
When you add the increase in weight, shift in center of gravity, the change in biomechanics (due to the weight–all out in front!) it is no wonder that pregnant women are prone to low back pain. The degree of pain ranges from barely noticeable to debilitating, with stabbing or shooting pain into the legs and buttocks.
As the pregnancy progresses, the hips widen, and the pelvis can begin to feel a little uncomfortable. This makes sitting, standing and walking difficult. Keeping your hips aligned helps the pregnancy progress normally.
Other benefits of Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy
maintaining a healthier pregnancy
controlling symptoms of nausea
reducing the time of labor and delivery
relieving back, neck or joint pain
prevent a potential cesarean delivery
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Chiropractic care may help.