You probably already know how chiropractic treatment can provide you with relief from pain, especially after suffering an accident or injury, but you may not know how beneficial that same chiropractic treatment could be during pregnancy. Pregnancy is very hard on your body, but the good news is that you don’t have to suffer through it without any help.
What Are the Benefits?
Every pregnancy is different, but the one thing that all pregnancies have in common is a mother’s desire to have the healthiest possible pregnancy and delivery. Chiropractic care has been shown to have many potential benefits including:
- Reducing nausea symptoms
- Keeping back, joint, and neck pain at a minimum
- Speeding up labor and delivery time
- Providing better overall health during the pregnancy
Chiropractic care is designed to help align and maintain the discs, columns, nerves, and bones in the spinal column, and during pregnancy that becomes even more important because your body physiology changes to accommodate a growing human inside you. That can include a more pronounced curve in your lower spine as your abdomen protrudes, and changes to your pelvic area, which can leave less room for the developing baby to grow. Changes in your posture might also cause things like sciatic nerve pain and increased pressure on your spine and joints.
Another benefit of this type of care is that it’s all done without the use of drugs or other complicated procedures that could prove harmful to an unborn baby.
One final benefit of getting pregnancy chiropractic care is the potential to reduce the chance of breech position during delivery. About 1 in 25 babies end up in the breech position (with the head in the wrong place during delivery), and it could be partially due to pelvic misalignment. The better your pelvic alignment, the more likely a baby will be able to reach the optimal position.
Is It Safe?
Before getting any procedure done (including chiropractic care), it’s important to discuss it with your OB/GYN, but there are no studies that have shown any negative impact of getting chiropractic care during pregnancy. During chiropractic training, these medical professionals are trained to work with pregnant women, and many provide relief for pregnant women as a routine part of their care. A qualified one can also provide you with some stretches and exercises you can perform on your own at home.
You can always check a chiropractor’s qualifications before going with organizations like the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), and ask your regular doctor if they would recommend one.
Chiropractic care has been shown to be safe and effective for most women during pregnancy who want to manage pain, obtain pelvic balance, and reduce symptoms such as nausea. To find out more about chiropractic care during pregnancy, call Apollo Chiropractor today.