What are the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant mothers? Is chiropractic safe for women who are expecting mothers? To answer the second question, yes! Learn more about that here. To answer the first, the benefits are too many to name! Ok, maybe not that many, but there are certainly more than we’ve listed here.
If you’re pregnant, getting chiropractic care is one of the best things you can do for your body and your baby. It is the number-one way to naturally improve your overall health and strength, which in turn improves the overall health of the little person who is growing inside of you. It also can help create the conditions that make for a safer, more comfortable, lower-risk pregnancy. In this article, we simply want to highlight 6 of the main benefits of regular chiropractic visits during your pregnancy.
1. Decreased Neck & Back Pain with Better Posture
As you prepare for labor and delivery, your body produces hormones called relaxins that relax and loosen your joints and ligaments. This hormonal activity may cause instability and pain in your spinal column or joints. Postural problems due to a heavier belly can also cause lower back pain for pregnant women, and you may even unintentionally curve your back as your baby becomes heavier and larger. Regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can help alleviate back pain while protecting your body against poor posture and spinal curvature.
2. Reduced Nausea or “Morning Sickness”
Nausea during pregnancy—also infamously known as “morning sickness”—is one of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of early pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help reduce nausea and vomiting for pregnant mothers by realigning the spine and improving overall nervous system function.
3. Easier Labor & Delivery
Getting chiropractic care during your pregnancy helps ensure the proper alignment of your pelvis, spine, and hips, all of which contributes to a stronger body and a well-functioning nervous system. Optimal nerve health and pelvic alignment can help facilitate a faster labor and an easier delivery, with less pain and less risk of complications.
4. Optimal Baby Positioning
One of the biggest sources of possible complications during delivery is your baby not being in a head-first position at the time of labor. When this happens, you can experience problems such as cord prolapse or difficult vaginal delivery, and you may even need a c-section. Regular chiropractor visits help maintain maintain your pelvic health and ensure that your body is optimally ready for delivery of your new baby.
5. A Healthier Pregnancy Journey
Prenatal chiropractic care is not simply about pain management, but about the comprehensive, holistic aim of helping your body’s systems to function at optimal levels to improve your overall health, and to strengthen your body for the hard work of caring a little person inside of you for 9 months. The end goal of proper prenatal chiropractic is a healthier, safer, and more comfortable pregnancy.
6. A Healthier You, Which Means a Healthier Baby
The healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be. When a pregnant woman has a strong and healthy immune system—which is what chiropractic care helps facilitate—the baby will also develop a strong and healthy immune system. While it is important to keep in mind that our chiropractic care for pregnant mothers focuses solely on the mother and not the baby, regular chiropractor care is still a win-win for you and your baby.