Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
My pregnancies were quite a while ago as my daughters are now 25, 23, and 20. I was in chiropractic college, Life University in Atlanta, at the time of my first pregnancy with Karley. I was very active while being pregnant and I felt good being active. I ran for a while then switched to brisk walks in the last trimester, I lifted weights until the day I delivered (I actually squatted that day) and did appropriate daily stretches. I was adjusted throughout my pregnancy, and I was a good candidate for fellow chiropractic students to practice their technique, adjusting a pregnant woman. I remember feeling so much better after my adjustments, I had more energy, and I didn’t really deal with discomforts for a long period of time. I also looked forward to laying on my stomach on the table as the table allows room for the baby bump, it literally felt like heaven to get the weight off my spine.
So, why is chiropractic care so important during pregnancy?
Improve nervous system function
Changes in posture and the spine also impact the optimal functioning of the nervous system and immune system. During pregnancy, the body becomes vulnerable to various illnesses. Chiropractors suggest healthy lifestyle and nutritional changes that improve brain and nervous system function and impact health positively. Everything starts with brain function and flow.
Promote proper pelvic alignment and stability
Pelvic misalignment is common during pregnancy as the baby grows. It makes it difficult for the baby to stay in a proper position. The pelvic outlet, which is the opening at the bottom of the pelvis where the baby is delivering through, can be compromised by pelvic or lumbar misalignment. Chiropractic care re-establishes the alignment of the pelvis to allow for a smooth transition during delivery. Chiropractic care has been shown to decrease labor times by 24 percent in first births and up to 33 percent for second or third births.
Improve fetal positioning
Chiropractors use special techniques and adjustments, especially during the last stage of pregnancy, to give babies optimal space and placement. It prepares the baby to stay in the appropriate position for a healthy, safe, and normal delivery.
Ease common pregnancy symptoms
Morning sickness, acid reflux, insomnia, and swelling in the feet and hands are common symptoms some pregnant women experience. Chiropractic adjustments relieve nerve pressure from different regions like the spine, neck, and mid-back to improve sleep, minimize acid reflux, and enhance nerve communication.
Reduce lower back and hip pain naturally
More than 60% of women experience lower back pain as the increasing belly size leads to posture change that puts pressure on the spine, back joints, and muscles. Regular chiropractic care corrects the spine misalignment, lowers the muscle tension to ease the burden that causes pain, and improves posture. As chiropractors, we focus on treating the root cause of a problem, preventing the need for any pain-relieving medication, which can be harmful to the unborn baby.
Shorten labor duration and delivery pain
Longer labor hours and intense pain are a nightmare for pregnant women. Proper pelvic alignment and appropriate baby position through regular chiropractic care decrease labor time and alleviate the delivery aches. It also reduces the possibility of cesarean delivery by resolving musculoskeletal issues. Dr. Dane’s wife, Jill, who stands 5 feet tall had a 9.5 lbs. baby with her first pregnancy and delivery, all-natural with no drugs and no episiotomy. That’s a testament to Chiropractic care!
Routine chiropractic visits also keep pregnancy-related high blood pressure in check and reduce hip pain. Postpartum chiropractic care promotes faster physical recovery and helps the body regain its original shape quickly. Chiropractic care is also beneficial in lowering the possibility of postpartum depression. A woman’s body endures a lot during and after pregnancy. Chiropractors ensure smooth and less painful pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum experience through natural, drug-free, and holistic treatment options. Granted, my exposure to chiropractic care while being pregnant isn’t the norm…with me being in chiropractic college, submerged with natural health options, and surrounded by chiropractic students who were so passionate about the body’s innate power to heal! Yet, it was an awesome experience and one I tell my patients who happen to be pregnant. The mother and baby share life together for those 40 weeks and having all the benefits of chiropractic care between the two of them can certainly make a positive impact.
~Dr. Christine Bodendorf~