- Dr. Liz Homan
As most of you know, I am a huge advocate for making informed decisions. This includes in all areas of life and today I want to inform you all on the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
A properly functioning spine and nervous system is an important part of life, especially while pregnant.
The changes that the body undertakes during pregnancy can be very noticeable but there are also subtle change in the musculoskeletal system. These changes can be detected and corrected by a chiropractor who knows what to look for.
The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain.
The increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated and since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones may lead to complications during pregnancy.
Another key is that during pregnancy your nerve impulses need to flow properly from your brain to all parts of your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra (subluxation), can create nerve irritation, which can and will interfere with your body’s communication system.
With specific chiropractic care, the function of your nervous system can be restored, improving your overall wellness and increasing your comfort during pregnancy and delivery.
In fact, research has proven that 84% of pregnant women under chiropractic care received profound relief from low back pain.
Another great benefit for pregnant women receiving chiropractic care is that it has been found that these women experience nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verse the “generally accepted average labor time.” With women who had given birth previously, the number rose to 33% reduction in time. Now if that is not a reason to look into chiropractic care, I am not sure what is.
If you have had a child previously and are pregnant again, you are aware of how your body shifts during labor and the aches and pains that are associated with that. A study reported that postpartum pain was relieved in 90 of 120 moms that received regular chiropractic care. You have enough going on right after the baby is born that not feeling well is not an option. Starting care during pregnancy will help you become established with your chiropractor and help reduce your postpartum pain.
More than just treating low back pain, many mothers have recognized that chiropractic care plays a vital role in a healthy pregnancy resulting in them having decreased morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times, and increased an overall sense of well-being. Don’t you want to experience these benefits during your pregnancy?