The benefits of getting chiropractic care during your pregnancy are many for both you and your baby.
Research conducted in 2018 found that pregnancy causes considerable physiological effects on a woman’s body. The research focused on musculoskeletal problems. The most common complaint was lower back pain reported by 70% of the study group. Also, pregnant women suffer from hip pain, leg cramps, knee pain, etc.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help relieve such pain and help prevent complications down the road and make your pregnancy as easy as possible.
Safety of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Your first thought is probably, “Is it safe for my baby and me to get adjustments?”
Rest assured that every chiropractor is trained on working with pregnant women to keep them and their babies safe. The American Pregnancy Association recommends chiropractic care as a safe and beneficial treatment during pregnancy.
- Important note: always check with your obstetrician before receiving chiropractic care. There are some conditions, such as vaginal bleeding or an ectopic pregnancy, where they would not recommend chiropractic.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Now that you know that it’s safe, here are some of the benefits for you while your body goes through its many physical and hormonal changes.
Pelvic misalignment can happen while your baby grows and becomes heavier. This misalignment can make it so that your baby doesn’t have enough room to move around. Doctors refer to it as an intrauterine constraint. If it goes untreated, it can make it impossible to have a natural birth. Chiropractic adjustment can realign your pelvis and make it so your baby will have freedom of movement again and help eliminate the need for a C-section.
There’s a whole host of other issues that can be improved or handled by seeing the chiropractor, such as:
- Joint pain
- Back pain
- Neck pain
You are going through a lot during pregnancy, so anything we can do to make it easier and less uncomfortable is worthwhile.
Relieving Sciatica During Pregnancy
Many women experience sciatica nerve pain during pregnancy. Especially during the later months, your baby begins to put more pressure on your sciatic nerve.
This sharp pain from your hip to your foot can make even simple things like walking and sleeping very uncomfortable.
You may be lucky and experience relief if your baby moves off of it, but most women will need some type of treatment to deal with it. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one of the most effective ways to relieve sciatic pain. Your chiropractor will work out an exact plan with you, such as a series of adjustments and stretches to reduce the pain.
When Should You Start Treatment?
We can begin treatment any time during a pregnancy. However, it is best if we start treatment at the beginning of your pregnancy. That way, we can work with you as your body changes and keep everything in alignment as you progress through your pregnancy.
It’s best if you can come for treatments as regularly as possible. When you come in for your consultation, we will work with you to accommodate your needs as best as possible.
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to make your pregnancy a whole lot easier, and a whole lot more pain-free. You’ll be more comfortable, and when that special day finally comes, your delivery will be easier.
Furthermore, many pregnant women can avoid taking dangerous and harmful pain medication by getting chiropractic treatments as an alternative.
Here at Carolina Rehab and Physical Medicine Center, we want you to live a happier and healthier life. We will answer any questions you have and work with you to get to the root of any problem without drugs or surgery.