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Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time when a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes. Making another human being is a lot of work, after all, and it can take its toll on a woman’s body. Making sure that proper care is not only given to the baby but the mother as well is paramount, which is why it’s a great idea for women to include chiropractic care in their pregnancy plan.

Is It Safe?

There is no evidence to suggest that chiropractic treatment throughout a pregnancy is not safe. Chiropractors are trained in working with pregnant women, and there are even chiropractors who consider pre- and postnatal care to be a specialty and have gone through additional training for it. So the bottom line is that yes, it's perfectly safe!

The Importance of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Due to the plethora of changes that take place in the body during pregnancy, alignment of the spine and pelvis can be changed and can lead to painful situations. Making sure that the pelvis and spine are as healthy as they can be is very important during pregnancy, and this is where chiropractic care comes in handy.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

A woman feeling their best during pregnancy is paramount. It should be a great experience, after all, not one that is feared or painful. Chiropractic care may help maintain a healthier pregnancy by helping relieve back, neck or joint pain; especially pain in the lower back that is a result of a shift in the center of gravity. There is also evidence that it may help with controlling nausea, as well as help position the baby correctly for a better labor and delivery. Chiropractors can also support a pregnant woman by advising an exercise regimen that can help reduce discomfort but is safe for mom and baby. They can also help by suggesting better sleeping positions and even provide nutritional guidance during pregnancy.

Postpartum Care

Chiropractic care is also important to have as a woman’s body recovers from childbirth. In the weeks after giving birth the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. It’s important to make sure that joints are healthy as they tighten, which can help to prevent muscle tension, headaches, shoulder problems or discomfort in the ribs.

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, but can lead to aches and pains. Women do not have to live with these and just get through it as a part of pregnancy. If you or a loved one are having a baby or trying to get pregnant, consult with a chiropractor today!

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