Chiropractic Care For Pregnant Women
If I have not regularly visited a chiropractor, why should I
start now that I’m expecting ?
When you are pregnant, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth of your baby. During this change, pre-existing unnoticed imbalances in your spine/pelvis can become overtaxed and exagerated. So long as the pelvis in in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus can maintain support without constraint.
An imbalanced uterus that is constrained can prevent your baby from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in a desirable ‘head down’ position, it could still affect the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery.
The benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women include:
- Ensuring you maintain a healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.
- Easing nausea symptoms.
- Decreasing time in labor and delivery.
- Reducing back, neck and joint pain that can develop during pregnancy.
- Reducing the need for a cesarean delivery.
Starting Care Before Pregnancy
Dr.Laura Gifford works closely with women prior to pregnancy to ensure their immune and nervous system are functioning optimally for a healthy pregnancy. If you’re planning to grow your family, we recommend beginning care four to twelve months prior to conception to ensure your optimal health.
Many mothers report back to us that regular adjustments helped them feel healthier during their pregnancy. It has helped decrease their morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times and increased an overall sense of well-being.
Regular chiropractic care can help with:
Back Pain. The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain. 84% of pregnant women that received chiropractic care received relief from low back pain.
Bone Health and Alignment. The increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to “soften” and become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated. Since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones can lead to complications during delivery.
Nervous System Health. It’s especially important during pregnancy for nerve impulses to flow from your brain throughout your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation, which can interfere with your body’s nervous system. Chiropractic care can restore the function of your nervous system.
General Health and Comfort. Chiropractic care helps improve your overall wellness, increase your comfort during your pregnancy and help you have a safe, natural delivery. Research also shows that postpartum pain was relieved in 75% of moms that received regular chiropractic care.
Reduced Labor Time. Women under chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verses the “generally accepted average labor time” (With women who had given birth in the past, that number rose to 33%).
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