Regular chiropractic care during a pregnancy plays an important role in the health of both the mother and growing child. It keeps her feeling comfortable, while enabling her to cope with the physical changes going on in her body.
What are those changes?
- The pregnant body releases the hormone relaxin that causes all ligaments and muscles to become relaxed. This allows joints to become more easily misaligned, or subluxated.
- The addition of a baby growing inside means the addition of some extra weight. This will put an additional demand and fatigue on the muscles and ligaments of the spine. Plus, the natural curves of the spine are accentuated. These factors can increase the occurrence of pelvic subluxations, resulting in low back pain or less optimal development of the child.
- As the baby grows, there is a change in the weight distribution for the mother. The weight of the belly pulls the torso forward putting stress on the muscles of the spine and pelvis.
What are the benefits?
With regular chiropractic care, the expecting mother will experience many benefits to not only her own body, but to the developing baby inside of her. Because of the relaxation of her muscles and ligaments, the bones that are supported can become misaligned easier in the spine and pelvic region. When these misalignments are not corrected, the bones remain in an improper position, known as a subluxation. Subluxations in the spine or pelvis can be very uncomfortable for the mom. The nerves that exit the spine can become irritated causing pain, muscle weakness, sensory issues, and most importantly, improper functioning of the organs supporting her and her baby.
By correcting the subluxations the expecting mother’s organs will be functioning at their most optimal potential. This means that her baby is getting everything it needs to develop into a healthy, beautiful baby. In addition, she can feel relief of the pain in her spine and pelvis.
Studies have shown that in addition to experiencing the health benefits under chiropractic care, expecting mothers receiving regular adjustments have a reduced time spent in labor. With the pelvis moving properly and the nerves free of interference, the mother can have full, affective contractions pushing the baby faster through the birth canal.
Is it safe?
The chiropractic adjustment for an expecting mother is a very safe and gentle adjustment. Extra care is given to ensure that the expecting mother is relaxed and the chiropractic adjustment is both comfortable and specific.
Do not hesitate to get your nervous system checked if you are pregnant. It is an important addition to your preparatory measures for the arrival of your baby!