Your body makes significant changes during pregnancy in order to make the growing baby comfortable and safe. While these changes are important and necessary, they can cause discomfort and even excruciating pain in some cases. Taking proper care of the body and paying close attention to spinal alignment can help relieve some of the common discomforts associated with pregnancy. Not only are chiropractic services safe for most pregnant women, but they can also provide the following surprising benefits.
As the baby grows, increasing stress is placed on the pelvis and back. In some cases, one or more vertebra can become misaligned and lead to pain. Pressure on the sciatic nerve can also lead to excruciating pain and potential bed rest. Chiropractic care can help put the spine back in alignment and relieve excessive pressure on specific nerves. When done in conjunction with massage therapy services, pain reduction benefits can be maximized.
It can be hard to relax and get the sleep you need when your body is feeling stiff and out of alignment. Chiropractors are trained to detect and correct misalignments in the neck, spine and pelvis. As a result, you will feel more relaxed after your adjustment and will most likely have an easier time getting the sleep you need in order to remain healthy and strong throughout pregnancy.
Potentially Reduces Morning Sickness
One unusual but highly desirable reported benefit of chiropractic services during pregnancy is reduced morning sickness. While this benefit is not experienced by all pregnant women, it does help some and could potentially help you.
Facilitates Easier Labor and Birth
Mothers who regularly receive chiropractic care seem to have shorter, less complicated births in many cases. This may be due in part to the way chiropractic adjustments facilitate proper nerve supply and enhance the ability of the body to have more effective, well-timed contractions. Proper alignment can also keep the muscles flexible and allow the hips and joints to expand and make way for the movement of the baby through the birth canal.