Pregnancy, although exciting and special, can be a challenge on a woman’s body with all of the changes that are happening. One of those changes is the now growing baby bump that can put strain and stress on your back. Seeing a chiropractor for care during your pregnancy can be very beneficial to you and your soon-to-arrive baby. Many chiropractors have special training in the treatment of pregnant women. Receiving chiropractic care can reduce the uncomfortable back pain associated with pregnancy, as well as help prepare your body for labour.
Lower back pain is a common discomfort in pregnant women. This is because the added weight of a growing belly can pull the spine forward, which in turn will cause the curve in the lower back to increase. A chiropractor can help relieve this pain by realigning the spine and balancing the pelvis. Prenatal chiropractic treatment involves safe and gentle adjustments, without the use of medication.
A chiropractor can adjust their techniques to fit your pregnancy. They have many tools such as pregnancy pillows or modified tables, to help you feel comfortable during treatment. One technique that is specifically designed for pregnancy is the Webster technique. This technique can help prepare the pelvis for an easier labour and delivery. The Webster technique not only removes tension on the ligaments that support the uterus, but it can also provide the baby with the room to move into the best possible position for birth. Women who receive regular chiropractic care are taking care of their nervous system. When the nervous system is working properly, the whole body is working as it should be. With this in mind, many have found that their bodies are better prepared to handle the childbirth process, and in the end, labour and delivery can be shorter than women who do not receive chiropractic pregnancy care.
Visiting a chiropractor is also beneficial after pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help new mothers with correct posture for the most comfortable position for breastfeeding, which can reduce neck and back pain. Chiropractic care is also important as your newborn grows. With all the carrying, there can be increased strain on your body. Your chiropractor may provide you with different strategies, stretches, and exercises that you can do at home in order to optimize your comfort and extend your care beyond the clinic walls.