Chiropractic During Pregnancy
Absolutely! In fact, pregnant women benefit from chiropractic care more than any other population group, benefits that can include the baby as well. Pregnant women undergo many structural, physiological, emotional, and hormonal changes that affect the spine, nerves, joints, ligaments, center of gravity and stability. With all the changes happening inside the body during pregnancy, it is important to take care of one’s overall health. The chiropractor can ensure the spinal column, pelvis and other structures are balanced, moving freely, and free of vertebral subluxations.
Chiropractic care has been observed to help pregnant and birthing women a number of ways. Chiropractors have been performing spinal adjustments on pregnant patients for over one hundred years, and have noted that chiropractic adjustments often help reduced pain and disability, as well as assist in ensuring an ideal fetal presentation.
Research has found chiropractic care a safer method of relieving pain during pregnancy when compared with medical alternatives. Since nearly all drugs and medications can cause fetal damage or malformations it is important for pregnant women to avoid them as much as possible. Chiropractic may help, not only during the pregnancy, but during labour and delivery when they need it the most. Most importantly, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce pain during labour and delivery, shorten the labour period and increase the speed and ease of the delivery. This represents a much safer birth for both the mother and child.
Chiropractic care can help the post-partum woman return to pre-pregnancy normalcy by balancing the spinal column, realigning the pelvic bones, and removing vertebral subluxations. Also, newborns should be checked within hours after birth to ensure the best opportunity to grow and develop normally, and to begin a healthy life.