By Jaimie Ramsey, Contributing Writer
Chiropractic care is a completely natural, drug-free way to keep your body healthy and functioning optimally.
It’s safe, and good for all people of any age and health situation, but it has some particular benefits for pregnant mothers. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help ensure a healthier and more pleasant pregnancy, labor, and birth. Many chiropractors are specifically trained in special adjusting techniques for pregnant women. Make sure your chiropractor knows when you’re expecting so he can adjust his technique accordingly.
5 Reasons to Use Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
1. Back Pain Relief
Designed to keep your spine in alignment, chiropractic care can help prevent and relieve back pain associated with pregnancy. Pregnancy is tough on the body’s skeletal structure, especially as baby grows and gets heavier! The weight of your expanding belly changes your posture and spinal curvature, and chiropractic can help correct posture problems and help your spine keep its intended curve.
2. Ease Pregnancy Symptoms
Chiropractic can help ease pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting. It doesn’t work for all women, but chiropractic is one way to try to get some relief from morning sickness. If the nausea and vomiting is due in part to nerves pinched by out-of-place vertebrae, an adjustment will help remedy the problem.
3. Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby
The main premise of chiropractic care is to allow the body to heal itself by removing obstructions to the nerves in the spinal column. When the nerves allow the brain and the body to communicate freely, the body is able to work as it was designed. Chiropractic helps ensure a healthy immune system for both mom and baby, whose immune systems are very intimately connected during pregnancy.
4. Better Positioning for Baby
Chiropractic can help position baby correctly for birth. If the hips and lower spine are out of place, baby could end up sideways, posterior or breech–none of which are ideal positions for labor and birth. Chiropractic adjustments can thus help get baby in the proper position, by ensuring that there are no vertebrae out of place.
5. Better Labor and Birth
Chiropractic adjustments can help shorten labor and make the birth process easier. If the mother’s spine and hips are in proper alignment, and if all the nerves to the muscles and organs in her body are free and healthy, labor and birth can progress more easily and possibly take less time than if there was an alignment issue. For moms desiring a drug-free natural birth, chiropractic care can help them accomplish that goal.
Other Benefits of Chiropractic for New Mothers
Some mothers even choose to be adjusted during labor, at the discretion of their chiropractor and doctor or midwife. Chiropractic is so safe, and so important for proper health and function, that even brand-new babies can be adjusted, and should be checked for any subluxations resulting from the birth process.
Finally, chiropractic can help in the postpartum healing process, by correcting any misalignments that may have occurred during labor or birth, and ensuring that the mother’s body is functioning optimally so that she can heal. Chiropractic is also essential for correcting posture problems and back pain resulting from breastfeeding or bottle feeding, and from spending a lot of time carrying baby around.
Chiropractic care is an important part of preventative health care for people of all ages and life stages, but it can be particularly beneficial for pregnant mamas!
Have you use chiropractic care during pregnancy? What benefits did you experience?
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I didn’t know that chiropractic care has a lot of benefits during pregnancy and I find it very reassuring that there are plenty of ways a mom could do to keep herself and her baby healthy. Now I have another health practice I could look into once it’s my turn to carry the child of my husband. I especially like how it could ease the symptoms of pregnancy as I was always wary of that bit. I’ll be sure to talk to my OB/Gyn about chiropractic care on my next check-up.
I’m so glad you hear that pregnancy nausea and vomiting can be helped by a chiropractor if they’re caused by pinched nerves. My sister has been throwing up every morning for a week, and she’s only 9 weeks along. Maybe I should take her to a chiropractor to see if they can help her handle her sickness so she can concentrate on getting ready for the baby.
I really like that you mentioned that chiropractic adjustments can help shorten labor and make the birth process easier. My wife is pregnant with our first child, and we’re both pretty nervous about the delivery. I decided to look into things that can make it easier for her, and for the baby and I’m glad I did. There appear to be so many benefits to having chiropractic care! I’ll be sure to speak to my wife about it.
It was amazing how you said that both the mommy and the baby will benefit from chiropractic care because undergoing chiropractic services will help ensure a healthy immune system. That’s good to know because I have been considering that kind of therapy since I became pregnant four months ago. I just didn’t have the time because I’m busy with my work. I guess it’s not too late try that though, especially now that my husband is scolding me. Thanks a lot!
Thanks for sharing such great information on chiropractic care for pregnancy. Every pregnant woman should know that how chiropractic adjustment helps get proper positioning for baby, shorten delivery time and pain.
yes i am agree with others this method of treatment is really effective and great .
Thanks for this great article. Especially it works on Neck, Spine and on Foot
My wife is also going from this stage, and she was feeling some pain in his back, i would love to visit a chiropractor after visiting your article, can you tell me the best chiropractor here in Florida. Your article was great keep up the good work.
I love love love my visits to my chiropractor. I had horrid hip pain that kept me from sleeping and kept baby from getting comfy and I sleep so well now. Yes I still have some back pain but it is so much better now. It was interesting to read that these visits also help my baby and can possible shorten my labor time.
Great Post. Thanks for sharing.
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My aunt is going to have a baby, and she’s been having a lot of back pain. I like how you mentioned that going to a chiropractor can help with nausea caused by pinch nerves and help correct posture problems. Do you have any tips for finding a great chiropractor in my aunt’s area?