Your Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care
It seems like every time I open a magazine there’s another interview with an expectant celebrity talking about how wonderful her pregnancy is. When did everyone decide that pregnancy is an amazing experience filled with joy and wonder? I missed that meeting, because mine were 9 months of crying and hoarding water in my ankles. Yes, I was glad to have my children but make no mistake- gestating was just a means to that end.
Hopefully your pregnancy is a smooth one. The good news is that today’s expectant mother knows that she doesn’t need to spend 9 months doing nothing but incubating like I did. If you’re in good health you can probably continue to do almost every activity you enjoyed before, and that includes regular visits to your chiropractor.
If you’re expecting or actively trying to become pregnant just let your chiropractor know. He or she has been trained in how to adjust a pregnant woman’s body. Some even specialize in prenatal and postnatal care. Believe me, a pregnant patient is routine to your doctor. There’s absolutely no reason to sacrifice your spinal care for a pregnancy. In fact, there are many reasons for you to continue seeing your chiropractor through every trimester.
Your body goes through so many changes during pregnancy and regular chiropractic care can help keep your body strong as it moves through these stages. Naturally, a regular adjustment can help alleviate some of the back pain that many pregnant women experience, but there are other benefits as well. These include a decrease in nausea, a shorter delivery time and chiropractic care may even be able to reduce the chance of a cesarean birth.
If you already visit a chiropractor regularly then make them aware of your condition and let your obstetrician know that you’re also under a chiropractor’s care. If you don’t currently have a regular chiropractor then you can ask your physician for a referral. Most obstetricians are aware of the benefits that chiropractic care can have to pregnant women. You can also ask some of your friends if they have any recommendations, as sometimes the best advertisement is word of mouth.
Hopefully your pregnancy will be exciting and fulfilling, but even if it’s not it can still be a positive experience. Take care of your body during this critical stage and when it’s time for labor you’ll be glad you put in the extra effort. Oh, and a final word of advice- get as much sleep as you can. Trust me, you’re going to miss it in about a year.