Pregnancy has the potential to introduce many new stresses into the life of a woman and her loved ones. You may think that nausea, back pain and pelvis pain are all just symptoms that you signed up for, but this does not have to be the case.
This is where chiropractic care comes into play. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to the low back and pelvis to realign the spine. Since the body’s functions are controlled by the nervous system, chiropractic adjustments help to alleviate irritation on the nerves caused by the mother’s changing body. Removing interference on the nerves helps to decrease symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, heartburn and more. Chiropractic care can minimize morning sickness and queasy stomach feelings in general. This, in turn, helps the mother to eat as normally as possible and ensure that she gets proper nutrition for herself and her baby.
Another huge potential benefit of chiropractic care alongside pregnancy is its ability to help reduce the duration of labor and delivery. According to the American Pregnancy Association, misalignment of the pelvis can reduce the amount of room available for a growing baby. It can also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best position for delivery, rear-facing and head down. Breech and posterior positions can make labor and delivery more difficult and often lead to a caesarean section being necessary.
Not only can pregnant women benefit from their receiving of chiropractic care, but their loved ones also see positive results. During pregnancy, a woman’s hormones fluctuate, which can cause mood swings and leave her feeling emotionally drained. Chiropractic care ensures that the body is correctly aligned, which helps to keep hormone production regulated. This, in turn, significantly reduces moods swings and depression symptoms commonly seen in pregnant women, and benefiting all parties involved in the pregnancy.
Even if you have already delivered your baby, you have not missed your chance to get care. Chiropractors can also provide help during post-natal care. In particular, the mid-back experiences new stresses and symptoms from the new positions introduced in the acts of breast-feeding, rocking the baby, and even just holding the baby.
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