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Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Posted: September 26, 2016
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Ah, the joys of pregnancy. It’s an exciting journey to become a new mom. As wonderful as the process is, there are some hefty challenges to bear such as morning sickness, swollen appendages, headaches, nausea, back pain, sciatica, heartburn, sleep disruption, general discomfort and possible Cesarean section. Most of those common ailments may be helped by chiropractic care. 

Chiropractic care is not only safe for pregnant women, it’s the ideal form of health care because it is holistic, drug free, and promotes a healthy body. Since the nervous system is the control center for the body, any kink or misalignment will cause interference in the proper functioning of the body. This may cause or worsen the “challenges” mentioned above. So, if the communication between the body and brain are restored and working without restriction or less resistance, there will be fewer discomforts that the pregnant woman will endure. Not only that, the benefits of using chiropractic care may provide you with a more comfortable pregnancy, faster and easier delivery, and higher chances of having a natural birth and quicker recovery from the birthing process.

Your chiropractor is your wellness advisor. Their goal is to teach you how to be as healthy as possible. They will be available to answer your questions, assist you in having a carefree pregnancy and optimize the birthing process.

Some of the changes to your body as well as the added weight to the body of the pregnant woman causes neuromuscular as well as biochemical problems such as:

  • Joints can misalign

  • Spinal and pelvic muscles undergo stress

  • Spinal and pelvic muscles become fatigued

  • Lumbar and thoracic spine curvatures

  • Vertebrae can misalign

  • Strain of pelvic and spinal ligaments

  • Strain of muscles, joints and spinal structures

  • Changes in the normal  spine curvature

  • Changes in the spinal biomechanics

These stress induced situations cause pain and discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy may alleviate these issues as they develop. The techniques a chiropractor uses are noninvasive, safe and drug free. The procedures that will assist a woman dealing with the structural changes and stress her body is undergoing can include:

  • Gentle Spinal Adjustments

  • Exercises and Stretches

  • Massage

  • Nutritional Counseling

  • Education

Spinal adjustments for a pregnant woman are performed on special tables or adjustments to tables to provide safety for the baby and allow for the expectant mom’s growing belly. Chiropractic care is a wonderful way to ensure a comfortable and stress-free pregnancy. In addition, there are some things you can do yourself to allow for fewer discomforts and better alignment during your pregnancy.

  • Be conscious of unbalanced stances, or lifting and carrying on one side of the body. Alternate sides to ensure you are not favoring one side.

  • Avoid long periods of time being immobile, in positions that do not support your spine and that do not reinforce proper posture. Try not to have your knees higher than your hips and try to avoid crossing your legs.

  • When sleeping use a pillow under your legs to support your spine.

  • Avoid wearing high heels.

  • Make sure you exercise and stretch to maintain strength and flexibility. 

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