Pregnancy and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand in my opinion. There are many amazing benefits for women and her child during that precious time.
1) Ease pregnancy symptoms. Many women report that with regular chiropractic adjustments they do not have as much joint pain and they report less nausea! With the nervous system functioning at it's optimum the nerves that send and receive signals to and from all organs, like the stomach, are transmitting information properly and can help ease symptoms such as nausea.
2) Restore proper posture. Especially as pregnancy progresses, the mother's belly obviously grows and the mother’s pelvis tips forward to accommodate the growing baby. This can cause strain into the lower back and legs as the center of gravity is shifting and muscles and joints are trying to accommodate. With regular adjustments proper motion of the pelvis can be restored and this can increase movement of the lower back and hips, which can help ease the strain in the area.
3) Restore balance. Some chiropractors are trained in a special technique called the Webster Technique. This is a very gentle, comfortable and specific adjustment performed to different points in the mother's pelvis. Part of the uterine attachment to the mother’s body is via the round ligaments. If there are misalignments in the mother’s pelvis it can cause strain on these ligaments. This can cause some stress on the uterus and, in some cases, not allow the baby to be in an optimal position. Using the Webster Technique, balance can be restored to uterus and baby.
4) Shorter labor and delivery times. Under chiropractic care women also report shorter labor and delivery times. This can be due to the mother's pelvis and the mother's body functioning at it's optimum to allow the birthing canal to open properly.
Many chiropractors have special tables or pillows which allow the mother to comfortably lay on her stomach to allow the chiropractor to perform adjustments on the mother's back. Pregnant or plan on getting pregnant soon? Call your local chiropractor to help you have the best pregnancy you can!
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