Pregnancy is one of life’s most beautiful works. Yet, despite being an exciting time for expectant families, the physical changes a woman’s body undergoes can take a great toll on her. Recurring back, neck and joint stiffness and pain are common complaints of pregnant women as they progress through each trimester. By partnering with a reputable prenatal chiropractor, pregnant women can tap into these five health benefits.
Keep your spine in alignment
The average woman gains between 30-40 pounds during her pregnancy. This added weight, in such a short period of time, can put great strain on the body. As the pregnancy progresses, this additional strain often pulls the spine out of alignment. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, expectant mothers could experience symptoms ranging from chronic stiffness to extreme, debilitating pain. Having consistent chiropractic care throughout the pregnancy can ensure that the spine remains in alignment and that the supporting tendons are performing at their best to support the added weight and physical changes.
Reduce the need for pain medication
Back and neck pain, when left untreated, could be too painful for an expectant mother to bare. Taking pain medications during pregnancy can be medically challenging and put their unborn child at risk. Instead of having to suffer silently with recurring joint and back pain, a chiropractor can help to pinpoint areas of discomfort and create a care and pain management plan. And, frequent chiropractic adjustments not only relieve stress on the body, but they often help to significantly decrease pain caused by other underlying issues.
Strengthen your joints for better support
Imagine a rubber band being stretched to its limit. Something similar to this occurs during a woman’s pregnancy. As the uterus expands to accommodate for the growing baby, more and more strain is placed on the hips, legs, ankles and feet. An experienced chiropractor will be able to partner with expectant mothers to treat their entire body to effectively strengthen the body’s tendons to be able to sustain the added weight and pressure. With these areas cared for, the body has a greater chance to heal itself and prevent additional (and painful) strain on the body later.
Ensure proper pelvic alignment
According to the American Pregnancy Association, an aligned pelvis is vitally important to ensure a more efficient vaginal birth. A misaligned pelvis will reduce the space for the baby to fit through, and can put both mother and baby at risk during childbirth. This reduction in the pelvic opening, often referred to as intrauterine constraint, will prevent the baby from getting into the proper position for the mother to push, often resulting in a breech position. Breech positions often lead to c-section births. A chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care would be able to align the pelvis to support a natural and non-invasive vaginal birth.
Increases your body’s ability to bounce back
Following birth the body tries to repair any damage caused to it over the previous ten months. When a woman is able to maintain her health regime throughout her pregnancy, the less work her body has to do to bounce back to its pre-pregnancy state. Exercising and eating a well-balanced diet are effective ways to provide the body with the nutrients and rest it needs to restore itself. Expectant mothers who follow a consistent chiropractic schedule often cite less pain, discomfort and increased mobility to be able to return to non-restricted daily activity and exercise faster.
Whether you’re in your first trimester or approaching the third, scheduling an appointment with a prenatal chiropractor can help you alleviate many of the pregnancy pain and discomfort you may be feeling. Working with a chiropractor to create a consistent prenatal care plan can be one of the best ways to ensure your delivery and post-baby transition are problem-free.
At Corrective Chiropractic, helping you get through your pregnancy as pain-free as possible is our top priority. For a complimentary evaluation, feel free to contact the knowledgeable doctors at Corrective Chiropractic. We would be happy to meet with you and discuss your pregnancy-related back and joint questions and concerns.
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