During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes to help your baby develop and grow properly until he or she is ready to come into the world. Though swollen feet, raging hormones, aches, and pain are common experiences during pregnancy that doesn’t mean there is no relief.
Chiropractic care involves adjusting misaligned vertebrae or joints within the body to reduce the stress placed on the nerves, soft tissues, and muscles surrounding the area. By alleviating pressure and restoring proper alignment, your body can function optimally and work more efficiently to ensure your health. This article will discuss the benefits pregnant women can receive by undergoing chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
We understand that you may have concerns about whether chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy. Chiropractors receive training to care for pregnant women and have been safely providing care throughout pregnancies for many years. Those chiropractors who have a special interest in this area often take additional training.
With chiropractic care, no medication or surgery is involved, instead, gentle physical manipulation is used to restore proper alignment of the body and relieve pain and tension within the body. By reducing tension and restoring proper alignment, your body’s nervous system can function optimally and help to promote health throughout your body.
As your pregnancy progresses, we take special care to allow for better comfort and minimize pressure on your abdomen to keep you and your baby safe. We may also recommend a variety of exercises and stretches that are safe and beneficial during pregnancy.
As mentioned above, the body undergoes several significant changes in preparation for your baby’s arrival. An enlarged abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes, and changes in posture can all place stress on your body, especially the spine, and lead to misaligned joints or vertebrae.
The changes that pregnancy brings to your body can make it difficult to stand, sit, or sleep comfortably. Without chiropractic care, the changes to your joints and spine can have lasting effects that linger long after your baby’s delivery. An area of specific importance is establishing balance in the pelvis of a pregnant mother and reducing stress in the ligaments supporting her uterus, which has been clinically shown to allow for more space for your baby to move into optimal positioning for birth. By establishing pelvic balance and alignment throughout the rest of the body, your nervous system can work more efficiently including your reproductive system. With regular chiropractic care during pregnancy, you can expect a more comfortable pregnancy, pain relief, and better control over symptoms of nausea.
Though morning sickness, aching feet, and peculiar cravings are a part of the experience, you don’t have to be in pain or uncomfortable throughout your pregnancy. If you are interested in finding out how chiropractic care can help you during pregnancy or to schedule a consultation, contact Hunt Spine Care today.