Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care
December 7, 2015 By Patrick Keiran, DC
If you are pregnant or want to be, chiropractic care is a natural choice. Improved function of the nervous system provides improved function of all body functions, including the chance of becoming pregnant.
As a pregnancy develops, stress is increasingly placed on the body, causing some discomfort for some women. A woman’s center of gravity immediately begins to shift forward during pregnancy. Although a woman’s posterior section of the pelvis has the capacity and depth enabling her to carry a baby, the displaced weight still increases stress on her joints. As the baby gets bigger, a woman’s weight continues to project forward, curving her lower back and placing extra stress on the spinal disks.
Towards the end of the pregnancy, the sciatic nerve may be irritated when the baby’s head begins pressing down on a woman’s back, legs, and buttocks.
How KST Chiropractic Can Help Pregnancy
Before pregnancy, a visit to the chiropractor can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere that may contribute to pregnancy complications or discomfort. During pregnancy, chiropractic care can aid in supporting relief of nausea, back, neck or joint pain, and can even prevent a potential cesarean delivery. Research has also found that chiropractic adjustments can provide relief from low-back pain, muscle tensions, headaches and shoulder problems in pregnant women.
In preparation for delivery, chiropractors can help assure optimum biomechanics in the hips and spine- reducing labor complications. Chiropractic care for your body during pregnancy will avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen, and can reduce undue stress to the uterus and to the supporting ligaments. Establishing pelvic balance has been shown to allow the best positioning for the fetus, therefore easing the delivery process.
Expectant mothers that were adjusted by Dr. Pat during pregnancy happily report needing fewer drugs or interventions during pregnancy and labor and shorter labor time than prior birth experiences when not under chiropractic care.
Even after childbirth, in the weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy can begin to tighten up again. New mothers often report improved function during this time when they continue with KST Chiropractic Care.