Your Guide to Prenatal Chiropractic Care
By Sara Butler
Pregnancy is challenging. Between the back pain, the hormone changes, the stretching of muscles and ligaments, and other pregnancy symptoms (hello morning sickness!), pregnancy can have a big impact on your overall health. More importantly, it can make day-to-day functioning difficult. Women’s bodies may be made to grow a tiny human, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy. Pregnant women need a natural way to deal with all the things pregnancy throws their way -- and chiropractic fits the bill. Here are just a few of the ways that chiropractic care can benefit pregnant women.
Why Chiropractic Care is Important
When you’re pregnant, your body goes through a lot of changes in order to lay the groundwork for what's ahead -- growing a baby. The changes can result in uncomfortable and painful postural adaptations that can cause joint dysfunctions and restrictions in the spine and pelvis. This can spread to other areas too, causing pain in the neck, hips, and shoulders.
Chiropractic care comes in handy because it assists your body in dealing with the changes associated with pregnancy. This helps you to be more comfortable and gives your baby more room to move freely as it gets larger.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Of course, one of the things always on an expectant mother’s mind is if something she does is safe for her baby or not. Prenatal chiropractic is safe, natural, and gentle. Chiropractors understand how to use chiropractic adjustments to help promote comfort, wellness, and overall health -- pregnant patients included. Plus, they can help you to add safe stretches and exercises into your routine that can help you even more. They look at you as a whole person and want to treat you for issues you may be having as well as help you to attain optimal health and wellness.
How can you benefit from chiropractic care when pregnant? There are many benefits, including:
- Natural pain relief – Pregnant women need a break from their discomfort and pain that doesn’t involve drugs; chiropractic helps provide that.
- Improved immune function – When you're pregnant your immune system may not be working as well as it should, making you more susceptible to illness. Chiropractic care can help you to improve your immune system naturally by helping your body to function optimally.
- Strengthened muscles – Your body is preparing for one thing: birth. Regular chiropractic care can help you to keep your muscles strong in anticipation of the big event.
Let the chiropractors at The Joint be a part of your pregnancy health and wellness team.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Los Angeles, Calif.