There are a lot of things that go through your mind when you find out you are pregnant, and chiropractic care is probably not one of them. But maybe it should be. What would you say if we told you that you could potentially reduce your labor time by 25-30%? If you’re like most women (or at least those who have been through labor at least once), you’ll say, “Sign me up!”
Chiropractic care can be beneficial to women throughout all the stages of pregnancy and post partum. From the time of conception until well after your baby is born, your body will be going through a series of changes, and at each stage, chiropractic care can help.
For mothers in their first trimester, chiropractic care has been shown to help mitigate the effects of morning sickness. While there is no actual cure for morning sickness, either with medicine or chiropractic care, regular adjustments have been shown to lessen the frequency and severity to morning sickness.
Throughout the course of your pregnancy, your chiropractor will give you postural exams, to see how well your body is adjusting to pregnancy. Often, a woman’s pelvic joints and spine come out of alignment during pregnancy. This not only leads to backaches, but can also lead to a more difficult delivery. Through regular chiropractic care, your spine and pelvis can be adjusted, assuring that each is moving properly and are as prepared as they can be for childbirth.
Chiropractic care is best when administered over a drawn out period of time, and it’s best to enter care early in your pregnancy. Nevertheless, chiropractic care can be helpful at all stages, especially in the transition form mid to late term pregnancy. There are the times when many women experience a great deal of back pain, which can be effectively treated with chiropractic.
Finally, chiropractic care can help you with your delivery. As previously noted, labor has been shown to be shorter by 25 to 30% for women under chiropractic care. This is in large part due to the increased flexibility and movement of the pelvic bone. Chiropractic care is especially helpful for those who have back labor, as it significantly eases their discomfort.
Needless to say, once you have delivered a baby, your body goes through changes. It puts a tremendous amount of strain on your body to deliver a child. Regular chiropractic treatment can help you recover more quickly.
Furthermore, chiropractic care is great for moms after the baby is born. With all of the strains on the neck and back incurred from breastfeeding, constant bending and lifting for car seats and more, chiropractic treatment can help keep your spine in alignment, reducing pain and discomfort significantly and leaving you with more energy to take care of your little one.