Pregnancy is one of the most exciting and beautiful times for women. Still, it can also be a life-changing experience full of many aches and pains specifically with lower back pain, hip pain and pelvis pain. There are many concerns women have on whether chiropractic is safe for expecting mothers and what the benefits are.
Chiropractors can do more than help expecting mothers with pain relief and wellbeing; they can also help the developing child.
Is Chiropractic Safe When Pregnant?
One of the most common questions chiropractors get from expecting mothers is this is a major concern, and rightly so. Chiropractic care is the health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care focuses on the maintenance and adjustments of the joints in the spinal column, which reduces stress on the spinal nerves, which can be increased during pregnancy.
It’s been reported that over 1 million chiropractic adjustments are given every day around the world with complications being a rare occurrence. Chiropractors are well trained in the area of pregnancy, and a reputable chiropractor will work with the advice of your doctor when it may not be a good idea. Chiropractic care is generally not recommended if pregnant women have any conditions surrounding, placenta previa, placenta abruption, ectopic pregnancy or moderate to severe toxaemia.
During the first trimester and for some women through their entire pregnancy, morning sickness can be a huge issue. By realigning your spine, a chiropractor can improve your overall nervous system, which can limit and reduce nausea and vomiting. Heartburn and constipation can also be something treated by improving digestive issues caused by having the nervous system improved.
Ease back pain and pelvic pain
Back pain is widespread in pregnancy and is caused by posture problems with the added weight and heavier growing belly. Some women overcompensate for the growth with sitting and standing in ways they wouldn’t normally do which can throw their spine out of alignment out and trigger pain.
A study conducted by the Australian Spinal Research Association reported 75 per cent of pregnant patients who had received chiropractic care during their pregnancy stated they had experienced significant relief from back pain.
Also, it noted women who had chiropractic care during their first pregnancy had reported having, on average, a 25 per cent reduction in labour times while those on subsequent pregnancies reported experiencing up to 31 per cent reductions in labour times.
Adjustments can help better posture and spinal curvature at bay to relieve back pain. Another more unknown factor is that as the body prepares for labour, a hormone called ‘relaxin’ is produced, which naturally loosens the ligaments and joints in the pelvic area. Some women experience pain because of this. A chiropractor that incorporates regular adjustments during this phase can help reduce the pain.
Ease labour and delivery
The most common goal for most pregnant women is to experience a short labour and birthing process with as little complications and minimal pain as possible. Through regular chiropractic appointments, your chiropractor can help align your pelvis, spine and hips also and adequately ensure your nerves are in optimal condition so when the day comes your body is in its best shape to prepare for delivery. By having nerves in optimal condition, it can help with easing the pain of contractions and may help with a faster delivery.
Help the baby position correctly
Chiropractic care can help maintain a healthy pelvic balance to ensure there is enough room for the baby to move freely and move into the head-first correct position ready for labour. When the pelvis is not aligned, it can cause tightening in the area, and there have been reported cases where this can lead to possible birth defects and problems during birth.
Chiropractic care in pregnancy will help the spine to be aligned which will help the entire body work more effectively and help expectant mothers achieve a stronger and healthier immune system and nervous system. The stronger and healthier your immune system, the stronger and healthier your baby’s immune system will be at the time of birth.
For more information on how chiropractic care can help assist you to experience a safe and low-risk pregnancy, contact us so we can help be part of your exciting journey to motherhood.