Chiropractic Care During and After Pregnancy
Body Changes and Pregnancy…
With pregnancy the average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds, combined with the increased stress placed on the back and pelvis by the baby, may result in severe low back pain, sciatica or even whole body pain. Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. For those who already suffer from low-back pain, or sciatica the problem can become even worse. During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity almost immediately begins to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although a woman’s sacrum-or posterior section of the pelvis-has enough depth to enable her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases the stress on her joints. As the baby grows in size, the woman’s weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks. In compensation, the normal curvature of the upper spine increases, as well. While these changes sound dramatic, pregnancy hormones help loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. But even these natural changes designed to accommodate the growing baby can result in postural imbalances, making pregnant women prone to having awkward trips and falls.
How Can Your Doctor of Chiropractic Help?
Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic manipulation is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby and can be especially attractive to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating their back pain. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Chiropractic care can also help after childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state-to prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems.
Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy according to the American Chiropractic Association. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Treatment of women who are pregnant is routine care for most chiropractors.
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological, hormonal and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes can result in a misaligned spine or joints:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
- Relieving sciatica and low back pain
Dr G was great! I went to him for severe pain in my back. It was hard to put weight on my legs because the pain went from my back, down my legs. I was 6 months pregnant and he was able to diagnose me and do some adjustments. Dr Gerdes and his staff are excellent! They are very helpful, full of information, and sympathetic to everyone’s needs. I am a patient for life!!!” – Kristine Kratser
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