When you’re pregnant you get pretty used to being told that there are certain things you can or can’t eat, or activities that you should or shouldn’t do. Fortunately, not only can you continue to see a chiropractor when you are pregnant, but many women are actually encouraged to have regular chiropractic appointments to help keep them comfortable and in optimal health as they approach the birth of their baby – and beyond. That’s because regular chiropractic adjustments provide a range of therapeutic benefits, and so are recommended by ob-gynae’s, midwives and more.
Here’s what you need to know about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments for pregnant women.
Relief from Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common side effects of pregnancy, and the larger your baby grows, the more likely you are to experience it. When you’re pregnant, your growing baby changes your natural posture and places abnormal pressure on certain parts of your spine. Back pain in pregnancy is also caused by ligaments and joints in your spine and pelvis loosening in preparation for your baby’s arrival. Fortunately, routine chiropractic adjustments can help to keep your spine in alignment, strengthen your joints and reduce your discomfort.
Unfortunately, posture problems that occur during pregnancy can lead to longer-term problems including chronic pain and mobility issues. They happen as a result of the additional weight you’ll carry on your front which will cause you to alter your position and bring your spine out of alignment. Your chiropractor will be able to advise you how to maintain the correct posture during your pregnancy, reducing the risk of injury as well as back pain.
Nausea is extremely normal during pregnancy, but contrary to popular belief, it’s not just restricted to the first trimester. Many people suffer from nausea and vomiting throughout their pregnancy, and it can severely affect their quality of life. Fortunately, chiropractic care can actually help to reduce nausea by realigning your spine to take pressure off of the spinal cord, improving the function of your central nervous system.
Sleeping well when pregnant can be tough. Whether you’re getting up multiple times in the night to pee, you have insomnia or weird pregnancy dreams, or you just can’t get comfortable no matter how you lay, regular chiropractic appointments have been shown to be effective for helping improve the quality and quantity of sleep during pregnancy. Your chiropractor will be able to advise you on the best and most comfortable positions for sleeping, while regular chiropractic adjustments will help all of your body to function better, including preparing you for sleep.
When you’re pregnant, your personal health can have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of your unborn child. This is because the stronger and healthier your immune system is, the stronger and healthier your babies should be, when they are born. This is important for both of you, both for for fighting illness and ensuring that you are in the best possible health and condition when it comes to the birth.
Recover More Quickly Follwing the Birth
You’ll want to get back on your feet as quickly as possible following the birth of your child. Many mothers feel that regular pre-natal chiropractic care helped them to recover from labor much more easily because they already went through pregnancy and birth with their spine in proper alignment.
For more about the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, call Mount Airy Chiropractic Center in Mount Airy, Maryland at (301) 829-1717.