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?