When a woman finds out she is pregnant, many questions can come up about what to do next, what appointments to schedule, and how to make healthy choices for herself and her growing baby. But is chiropractic care on her mind? An increasing number of women are realizing the benefits of chiropractic care, and are incorporating regular chiropractic adjustments into their prenatal regimen.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to a more comfortable pregnancy and safer delivery for mother and baby. Hormonal and structural changes can lead to spinal and pelvic misalignment leading to low back pain, sciatica, headaches, and more.
Studies have shown decreased labor times and relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. A specific chiropractic adjustment called the Webster Technique aligns the pelvis to balance and reduce tension. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for slowed or difficult labor and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
Incorporating regular spinal check-ups, exercise, and proper nutrition can make pregnancy the natural, exciting, and comfortable experience mothers want it to be!