How Chiropractic Can Help Give You a Better Birth
By Sara Butler
Pregnancy is an incredible time, but it can take a toll on your body. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that 70 to 90 percent of women have back pain during pregnancy -- and many of those women continue to have back pain even after the baby arrives. There are many ways chiropractic can benefit women during pregnancy that go beyond back pain. Here’s why you should be seeing a chiropractor if you’re pregnant!
A Balanced Body
If there’s one thing that can really throw off the balance of your body, it’s pregnancy. As you belly grows larger, the ligaments that offer support become looser. If the spine is out of alignment at the same time, then this is a recipe for back pain that can be pretty severe and uncomfortable as the pregnancy progresses.
But aside from back pain, this imbalance can impact the birth, too. Your chiropractor can help balance your pelvis, which helps to relieve unnecessary tension in your ligaments and muscles, and also can help to lend a hand in proper fetal positioning for labor. When your baby is in a better position, then your ability to give birth naturally is increased.
There are several other benefits to receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy. It can help:
- Shorten the length of labor – According to the American Chiropractic Association, first-time moms who got regular chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy had 25 percent shorter labor on average.
- Less pain – There’s some evidence to suggest a correlation between chiropractic care during pregnancy and a decrease in the need for pain medications during labor.
- Increased chance of natural birth – When your baby is in a good position and your pelvis is aligned, then your baby may be able to move down into your pelvis to facilitate a natural birth instead of medical interventions such as a C-section.
- Easier recovery – After delivery, women who receive chiropractic care may have an easier recovery. Making sure your body is properly aligned helps your body to heal and get back to normal after birth.
With so many beneficial reasons to see a chiropractor during and after pregnancy, why not get into The Joint Chiropractic today? You don’t have to live with back pain while you’re pregnant, and you can have an easier time bringing your baby into the world!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.