During pregnancy, your body is constantly changing to accommodate and make room for the baby that you’re creating. As these changes occur, you may find that they have an impact on daily life activities. You may also find that the typical reactive healthcare techniques aren’t quite as appealing or options are more limited during pregnancy.
As you do more research about pregnancy wellness, you may find that you desire a more holistic approach to your health. As your pregnancy progresses and you take more time to research the options that are best for your baby, chiropractic care might fall in line with the approach that you’re taking to wellness during pregnancy.
Whether you find yourself experiencing pain, are looking for ways to boost your immune system, or just want to ensure optimal labor positioning, a prenatal chiropractic might be the perfect solution for you.
Below, we’ll review the top three reasons why chiropractic care can benefit you during your pregnancy.
1. Boost your immune system and avoid medicine.
When it comes to staying well during pregnancy, you’re pretty limited in the number of medicines that you can take. From headaches to seasonal colds, there are a lot of things that might normally cause you to reach for an over-the-counter medication.
If you’re looking for a natural solution, chiropractic care may help to alleviate some of these issues or avoid them entirely. It’s not because a chiropractor is going to push on your body and make the problem go away. Chiropractic care centers on the belief that the spine is the center for communication for all of the body’s essential functions. When your spine is out of alignment, your body can’t talk with the brain very clearly, and many common ailments are actually symptoms that occur as a result of this static in the channel.
Keeping your spine in alignment is a natural way that will, at the very least, help you deal with your body’s changes with good nerve energy and communication rather than bad.
2. Minimize pain as your body changes.
In the start of the second trimester of your pregnancy, you may find that you’re experiencing pain and discomfort in your back as your body changes to accommodate your growing baby. During weeks 15-18 is when the pregnancy hormone relaxin peaks in your body. Relaxin does what it’s name suggests; it’s a hormone that increases during pregnancy in order to help the joints in your pelvis relax.
It can be uncomfortable at times but don’t give up on physical activity just yet. Instead, regular adjustments can help your body to better adjust to these changes, which for many moms minimizes the discomfort and lower back pain that occurs as a result of the changes happening in their bodies.
3. Prepare the body (and baby) for labor.
A prenatal chiropractor can be particularly valuable when it comes to preparing the body and positioning baby for labor. Of course, the ideal scenario is to work with a chiropractor from the start of your pregnancy. Even if you’re in the last few weeks of pregnancy and having positioning issues, chiropractic care has been found to improve positioning in babies and help a mother’s body prepare for labor. It’s not because they’re actually doing anything to your tummy or your baby. By bringing balance into the pelvis, babies have room to move into position.
Adjustments are a gentle way to make sure the nerve flow is switched on to the uterus, the soft tissues surrounding the baby are balanced, and the bony pelvis is in line and ready for delivery. There is even evidence that suggests that chiropractic care can contribute to shorter, more comfortable labor.
No matter which stage you’re at in your pregnancy, it’s not too late to reap the benefits that come from working with a prenatal chiropractor. Whether you’re looking to ensure proper positioning, a more comfortable labor, want to minimize back pain and other symptoms of pregnancy or are looking for a more holistic approach to healthcare – a prenatal chiropractor might be just the thing.