Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
By Emily Lindholm
During your pregnancy, your body will go through a lot of changes hormonally and physically. During this time, your body is not only growing a human, but it is preparing for one big event, your birth! As for any big special event, it is important to be prepared as best you can.
A Short Story
I'll give you a little story from my birth. I focused on preparing my mind through meditation and hypnobirthing classes. I learned how to focus my breath and step out of the mind so that my parasympathetic nervous system could take over. However, I did not focus so much on my pelvic alignment. I remember overhearing a friend speak about how important it is to align the pelvis before birth, especially if it's your first. Otherwise, the birth could take longer. By then, I was well on my way, about 8 1/2 months along. I thought, "well, it's a little late now, and I'm sure I'm fine." I was fine, but my birth did end up being long, and my daughter turned her head. This made it last even longer. I don't know that my daughter's head-turning had anything to do with my pelvic alignment, but I've had my suspicions. However, I will say that everything turned out fine in the end, healthy delivery, healthy baby. Could it have been easier? Quite possibly.
That's just one birth story out of millions, but that's just how I became a firm believer in seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
The main benefits of proper chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Helping you as the mother have a more comfortable pregnancy
- Relieving back, neck, and hip pain
- Helping with nausea
- Relaxing the nervous system
Making routine trips to the chiropractor during pregnancy will help to establish pelvic balance, which can make the birth process smoother and create space for the baby to move more easily through the birth canal. Aligning the pelvis also helps the baby get into the proper birth position for a vaginal birth. Plus, it can make pregnancy more comfortable for you! A chiropractor can help you manage any hip, neck, back, or joint pain that is caused by the changes taking place during pregnancy.
Take the First Steps
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective practice during pregnancy. However, be sure to check with your doctor before seeing a chiropractor.
The Joint Chiropractic is a great option for your chiropractic needs. Not only do they offer hassle-free walk-in service, but they're extremely affordable. The Joint has over 500 locations nationwide. Pregnancy is an unpredictable time. Sometimes you never know how you are going to feel. The convenience of walk-in appointments relieves you of the need to reschedule due to unexpected circumstances. The Joint offers service on your terms.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Atlanta, Ga.