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Prenatal Chiropractic Care is Safe

By Virginia Laird

There are many changes a woman’s body goes through while expecting the birth of a child. Most of the changes cause pain, inability to get comfortable, and affect one’s posture and balance. With all these things affecting the body, it is no wonder that prenatal chiropractic care should be number one on pregnancy must-do lists. It might be difficult to imagine having spinal manipulation at the point that the baby has taken over the body, but research shows chiropractic care to be a safe, medicine-free way to help the body adjust to its changes (both physical and mental).

To help you get more comfortable with the idea of prenatal chiropractic care, let’s evaluate the questions most likely going through your head.

  • Is it safe?
  • Why would this be beneficial?
  • Will it hurt the baby’s development?
  • How will this affect my delivery?

Is It Safe?

Chiropractic care is a safe form of prenatal care along with the care of your OBGYN. Most chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. The techniques used to adjust a pregnant patient are tailored to avoid any harsh movements that would put stress on the baby. Your chiropractor can also help you find stretches that can help ease uncomfortable tension the body carries with pregnancy.

Why Would This Be Beneficial?

During pregnancy, your body goes through a number of changes. With a baby eventually outgrowing the belly, added strain is placed on the spine. With this strain and the movement of the baby, your body will undoubtedly move in and out of alignment. This will not just affect your spine. All the joints in a woman's body can be affected. Keeping your body in proper alignment will help you maintain your mobility.

Will It Hurt My Baby's Development?

Chiropractic care has been proven to be safe for both the expectant mother and the unborn child. According to the American Pregnancy Association, chiropractic care can help a breech baby to turn on its own.

How Will This Affect My Delivery?

In reality, chiropractic adjustments can provide for a smoother delivery. As your body maintains proper function and alignment, it can help ease the movements your body makes during the process. The body will shift during pregnancy. There is nothing that can be done to stop that. However, when the body starts the process in its correct alignment, labor and delivery can be much easier on the body and both patients.

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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