For many pregnant women, aches and pains in the lower back and hips are part of the experience. In fact, approximately 50% of pregnant women will experience back pain at some point before they deliver.
Luckily, relief may just be a Goodyear Chiropractic and Health Center visit away! Here’s what you should know about the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care is a non-invasive procedure, which means it does not involve the use of drugs or surgery. Instead, chiropractic care is a kind of physical therapy that reduces spinal nerve stress and promotes health throughout the body.
Research indicates chiropractic is safe to use during pregnancy, but there are certain circumstances where it should not be used as a treatment option. Chiropractic is not recommended if you are experiencing the following issues during your pregnancy:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Placenta abruption
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Moderate to severe toxemia.
While all licensed chiropractors receive training related to pregnancy, some chiropractors specialize in prenatal care, like our team of experts at Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center!
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care:
There are many hormonal and physical changes you will experience during your pregnancy. Some of these even have an impact on your posture and comfort. As your baby becomes heavier, your center of gravity shifts, and your posture adjusts accordingly. These physical changes during your pregnancy can lead to a misaligned spine or joints. Other uncomfortable changes during pregnancy might include:
- A protruding abdomen resulting in an increased curve of your back
- Changes to your pelvis as your body begins to prepare for labor
- Adaptations to your posture
Regular visits to Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center during your pregnancy can address these issues. In fact, one medical study revealed that 75% of pregnant women reported pain relief after regular chiropractic care. Additionally, adjustments are designed to re-establish balance and alignment to your pelvis and spine, which can be beneficial for your baby as well!
This is because a pelvis that’s out of alignment can restrict the amount of space available to your developing baby. When an external force obstructs your growing baby’s normal movements, it’s known as intrauterine constraint. This can lead to birth defects.
A misaligned pelvis may also affect your delivery. When the pelvis is out of alignment, it can make it hard for your baby to move into the best position to be born, which is rear-facing, head down.
In some cases, this could affect your ability to have a natural and non-invasive birth. A balanced pelvis also means your baby has a lower chance of moving into a breech or posterior position. When your baby is not in the correct birthing position, it can lead to a longer, more complicated delivery.
Additional research indicates improved outcomes in labor and delivery for women who received chiropractic care regularly during their pregnancy. In fact, it may even help reduce the length of time you’re in labor!
Interested in learning more about what chiropractic care can do for you during pregnancy? Click here to schedule a consultation at Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center today!