Chiropractic Treatment and Pre-natal Care
For pregnant women, there is an equal if not heavier emphasis placed on the health of their pre-natal baby, as there is on their own health. Each and every action taken by the mother directly affects the child in the womb. A potentially beneficial practice that pregnant women can pursue for both their health and the health of their child is none other than chiropractic care.
Throughout the process of the child’s development and of pregnancy overall, the mother’s body experiences drastic changes in it structure. In addition to the increased amount of weight that the mother has to carry, the formation of the body’s internal organs is altered as well. This can lead to misalignment and malformation of different parts of the musculoskeletal system, namely the hips, the pelvis, the lower back, and the knees. When this misalignment occurs, there is the possibility for blood flow to become constricted in various different blood vessels.
When blood flow is constricted, it is especially dangerous in a pregnant woman no matter how big or small the blood vessels affected may be. The primary method of nutrient absorption for the baby while in the womb is via the blood that is circulated throughout its encasement. If these nutrients are not delivered consistently, then there is the potential for the baby’s development to be slowed and there is the possibility for significant malnutrition to arise.
Another way that the baby is impacted by misalignment in the musculoskeletal system is regarding the amount of space in the womb that the baby has. If there is improper alignment in the hips or in the spine, then the womb may be decreased in size and structural problems within the womb can surely impact the baby’s development in all trimesters.
If mothers want to enhance their own musculoskeletal health and to promote the health outcomes of their baby before it has taken its first breath, chiropractic care can play a role in achieving these outcomes.