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Chiropractic Care And Pregnancy



Many pregnant women are now incorporating chiropractic care into their pre-natal wellness plan. Some may find the idea of adjusting a pregnant woman dangerous, but chiropractors have been specially trained on how to safely treat not just pregnant women, but also kids and the elderly. There are many benefits to chiropractic treatments during pregnancy, for both the woman’s physical health but also for the birth itself.

One of the first things that chiropractors want to treat is a mother’s posture. As the woman’s weight increases, her center of gravity shifts which can cause instability in the joints. Pregnant women may notice sore feet, but lower back pain is common too because of the increased pressure on the musculoskeletal system. Spinal misalignments are common throughout pregnancy and can be treated safely through adjustments.

As a pregnant woman’s hormones change, the symptoms can be difficult to handle both for the mother and those around her. Many of these hormonal changes can be exacerbated by pressure on the nerves due the subluxations caused by the gradual weight gain mentioned above. Reducing nerve pressure can help ease hormonal ups and downs for the mother and also helps the unborn child receive the proper nutrients they need for normal growth and development.

In addition to assisting both mother and child to stay healthy and comfortable during pregnancy, chiropractic treatments may also help to reduce the risk of intrauterine constraint. This condition occurs when spinal and pelvic misalignments cause the uterus to shift unevenly on the pelvis. It is important for pregnant women to do what they can to avoid this condition, as proper pelvic biomechanical balance gives the baby room to move within the uterus. When unborn babies have optimal room to stretch and move, they will have the ability to develop their spine properly and will help them get into proper birthing position.

Chiropractic is a safe and easy way to help keep both mother and baby healthy, and can be incorporated into most birthing plans. Pregnant women interested in chiropractic should discuss their options with their primary care physician and obstetrician. If there are any risks involved with the pregnancy, it is important to find the correct way to deal with these risks. If given the green light, your doctor may be able to help you find a chiropractor that can aid both you and your unborn child and set you both up for success.

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