It may be a beautiful and wondrous thing, but pregnancy really does a number on the mother’s body.
That should come as no surprise. After all, she’s building and housing another human being for 40 weeks; that’s bound to take a toll. What’s more, the extra weight she carries – both the size of the fetus and the weight of the placenta and amniotic fluid – often causes a substantial amount of pain and discomfort.
Dealing with this discomfort can be especially difficult during pregnancy, as the mother is limited in ways she can manage pain without damaging the fetus. Chiropractic care offers a safe alternative to treat pain and discomfort before, during, and after pregnancy.
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
The various changes that occur in a pregnant woman’s body, such as to the pelvis, abdomen, and back, commonly cause a misaligned spine and joint problems. Chiropractic care helps balance the pelvis and align the spine, helping both mother and baby.
Yes, the baby as well. This is because a misaligned pelvis negatively affects room for the developing fetus, a condition referred to as intrauterine constraint. This may also affect optimum positioning when it comes time to deliver the baby and can even cause breech placement.
Proper spinal alignment also ensures a healthy nervous system and correct communication along the neural pathways. Chiropractic care specifically addresses spinal misalignment and the patient’s nervous system. Reducing stress to these functions relieves pain and discomfort, benefitting the mother’s health and the baby’s wellbeing.
These treatments are natural and drug-free, making them safe as well as effective. And, after the baby is born, chiropractic care helps return the mother’s body to its pre-pregnancy state.
Pregnancy Precautions with Chiropractic Care
During the first trimester, the fetus is microscopic, meaning that the mother has no “baby bump,” so she can receive regular chiropractor care that requires lying face-down on the table.
As the pregnancy progresses, your chiropractor makes accommodations in two ways. The first, of course, is positioning changes around the increasing size of your baby bump. The second is the level of pressure used when making adjustments. Hormonal changes during pregnancy make misalignment more likely. However, those same hormones make chiropractic manipulation easier, so your chiropractor can use more gentle pressure to achieve the same results.
Whether you are a new patient or a continuing one, let your chiropractor know if you are expecting. Some treatments are not appropriate for pregnant women, no matter how far along they are, such as x-rays and electrical muscle stimulation.
Finding the Right Chiropractor
If you are ready to seek chiropractic care and are expecting a baby, contact Bluestone Chiropractic today. Ask about setting an appointment with a doctor carrying pediatric certification or who has special training for working with pregnant women.