When you’re pregnant, your body not only goes through a lot of change and discomfort, you can’t always turn to your typical forms of relief like you did before.
A common source of pain during pregnancy is in your back and hip joints. In fact, about half of all women experience some level of back pain during their pregnancy. You also are advised not to take standard over the counter medications while pregnant without speaking with your doctor first.
Because of this, many moms-to-be see aches and pains as a normal and expected part of carrying a child and they simply learn to push through the discomfort.
This doesn’t have to be the case!
Many people have turned to a pregnancy chiropractor to help them manage their pain.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only safe, but it’s also an effective way to relieve pain in your joints and muscles, correct pelvic misalignment, and help you experience a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Read on to learn more about how a pregnancy chiropractor can help you.
What Does A Pregnancy Chiropractor Do?
Like with any chiropractic treatment, the goal of a pregnancy chiropractor is to treat both the symptoms and causes of your pain with non-invasive, drug-free methods.
All chiropractors are trained to work specifically with different body types and conditions, and pregnancy is one of them.
Being pregnant forces your organs to shift, pressing into your skeletal system and causing misalignment along your spine and pelvis. Skeletal misalignments are a great source of pain and discomfort in any condition and the main issue chiropractors deal with.
Before seeing a pregnancy chiropractor, consult with your doctor or midwife to be sure there are no underlying conditions you’re facing.
If your doctor gives the OK for chiropractic care, prenatal chiropractic treatments are not only safe during pregnancy, they are also a great addition to your lifestyle.
Your pregnancy chiropractor will perform a thorough physical evaluation and then use gentle, low-force adjustments to restore your body to its proper alignment and alleviate discomfort.
Having the proper pelvic balance is crucial to having a healthy (and comfortable) pregnancy. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help to restore this balance without resorting to medications.
In addition to treating pelvic imbalance, chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy will also help account for changes in your posture and lower back curving.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Although the human body is designed to carry healthy babies to term, this process takes a toll.
A growing abdomen, shifting center of gravity, and loosened joints and muscles all contribute to the aches and pains that are often associated with pregnancy.
Fortunately, regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can address many of the most common pregnancy complaints.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care include:
- Reduced morning sickness
- Fewer headaches
- Stabilized hormone levels
- Pain relief
- Optimal baby positioning
- Easier labor and delivery
- Overall healthy pregnancy
- Faster recovery
Chiropractic care during your pregnancy can do wonders for you outside of helping ease pain and discomfort. The more properly aligned your body is, the higher probability of having a natural birth. Plus, with your pelvis properly aligned, there is less chance of the baby moving into a breech position.
Some studies have also shown the women who’ve had chiropractic treatment during pregnancy have shorter labors. Prenatal massage therapy is complementary to pregnancy chiropractic and enhances many of the same benefits. It can release tension from your nerves and muscles during pregnancy as well as give you some much needed relaxation.
Best For You, Best For Baby
When you’re pregnant, every decision you make is made with you and your baby in mind. The same is true when it comes to your chiropractor.
At Lakes Chiropractic & Wellness, our patients and their needs are our top priority, and we are expertly trained to treat you and your baby during your pregnancy.
If you’ve been experiencing pain, discomfort, or any unwanted symptoms during your pregnancy, seeing a chiropractor can help you overcome them and even improve your pregnancy symptoms. We also provide you with stretching techniques and exercises aimed at improving your body’s alignment at home to ensure pain doesn’t return.
We treat pregnant women up until birth, and after that, we are happy to treat your baby as well! Labor and delivery can be difficult on both mom and child, and chiropractic care can work wonders during your recovery.
If you live in the Land O’ Lakes, FL area, we’d love to help you have a happier and healthier pregnancy! Give our office a call at (813) 996-9800 to make an appointment.