Chiropractic and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of immense change and growth for a woman’s body. From the moment of conception, the body undergoes a series of changes that can cause unwanted pain and discomfort, including back, pelvic, and postural changes. However, there is good news: chiropractic care can help!
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe, natural, and drug-free approach to pain relief and prevention, and millions of expectant mothers turn to chiropractors for a healthier, happier pregnancy. The benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy are numerous, and can include relief from back, neck, or joint pain, controlling symptoms of nausea, reduction in time of labor and delivery, and even prevention of a potential cesarean delivery.
The spine is a crucial part of the body, made up of 24 independent vertebrae that enable the body to twist, bend, and move. It also helps protect the delicate central nervous system, which controls and coordinates every cell, tissue, and organ of the body. Subluxations of the spine, commonly known as joint dysfunctions, occur when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede the body's ability to communicate with itself. During pregnancy, joint dysfunctions can be caused by the changes taking place in the body as it prepares to support the mother and new baby.
Changes such as weight gain in the abdomen, poor posture, and rotation of the pelvis force the body to unnaturally adapt to additional stress placed on the spine. These changes can negatively affect joint function and nerve communication throughout the body. However, chiropractors are trained to locate and correct joint dysfunctions by applying a gentle, targeted movement to the body's spinal column and extremities, where and when needed, restoring proper joint function and improving nerve communication throughout the body. This non-invasive technique is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment.
In addition to chiropractic care, proper nutrition is another essential factor in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. Expectant mothers should incorporate good sources of protein, iron, calcium, and fruits and vegetables into their diets. It is important to curb sweet cravings, as too much sugar can cause unnecessary weight gain for both mother and baby. Finally, expectant mothers should stay hydrated by drinking approximately eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids per day.
In conclusion, chiropractic care is an essential aspect of maintaining a healthy and happy pregnancy. By seeking chiropractic care during pregnancy, expectant mothers can experience relief from pain and discomfort, have a reduction in time of labor and delivery, and potentially avoid a cesarean delivery. In combination with proper nutrition, chiropractic care can ensure a healthier pregnancy for both mother and baby.