Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
When you become pregnant, life suddenly becomes full of things to avoid or reduce during the next nine months. The good news is that chiropractic care is a safe option to tackle back pain and maintain wellbeing during pregnancy.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes which put pressure on the back and spine. The increased size of the abdomen increases the curve in the back, which can pull the spine out of alignment and can affect a woman’s natural balance. A chiropractor can adjust the spine to ensure that the body works at an optimal level.
In addition, pelvic imbalance can reduce the room available for the developing baby. If the pelvis is misaligned, it can be difficult for the baby to get in to the best position for birth. If the baby is in a breech position or posterior position, it can be more difficult to have a natural delivery. In some instances, this can lead to an increased instance of C-sections. By restoring balance to a woman’s pelvis, the possibility of a natural birth is increased as optimal fetal positioning is encouraged. An aligned pelvis can also help the mother achieve maximum flexibility, which can reduce labor time.
The Webster Technique is used by chiropractors to carry out adjustments that optimize the baby’s position in the uterus. This technique can be used to prevent or correct a breech position. Ideally this technique should be used before 35 weeks. After this time, the room for the baby to move is significantly reduced.
In the later stages of pregnancy, back pain is extremely common. The back pain can often worsen as the day goes on. This is the result of the strain placed on ligaments and muscles over the course of the day. Being fit and healthy at the time of conception can have an impact on whether back pain will develop. If you are fit and healthy and continue to exercise once you have conceived, you may avoid back pain altogether. However, physiological changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy can make back pain more likely.
A chiropractor can help to address back pain by ensuring a correct alignment of the spine and joints. This can ensure that the back works in an optimal manner. By correcting posture and advising you how to maintain a good posture, a chiropractor can help to alleviate strain on the joints. In addition, a chiropractor can recommend suitable exercises that will build up the supporting muscles, such as aqua-natal classes.
During pregnancy, the mother-to-be should undertake gentle stretching exercises, which encourage flexibility and increase the range of movement in the pelvic area. This will help the mother achieve an optimal birthing position during the delivery.
While every fully-qualified chiropractor can work with pregnant women, some take a special interest in working with women who want to increase their fertility and maintain their wellbeing during pregnancy. Additional qualifications are available for chiropractors who wish to specialize in this field. If you do not have a regular chiropractor and want to embark on chiropractic care while trying to conceive or during pregnancy, you may want to consider finding a specialist chiropractor.
In addition to helping a woman to enjoy her pregnancy and encourage an optimal fetal position, a chiropractor specializing in pregnancy care can also teach techniques for dealing with the pain and discomfort of delivery. This builds the mother’s confidence and can assist in ensuring that a natural birth is achieved, without unnecessary medical intervention. The calmer the mother and more natural the birth experience, the less trauma will be experienced by the baby.