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Pregnancy Stress

Your Body, Your Baby.

Chiropractic for pregnant women? Absolutely! It is one of the best things that can be done for the mother-to-be and the baby-to-be. In fact if there’s one group of people who need chiropractic spinal checkups more than any other, it’s pregnant women.

Pregnant women are taking more responsibility for their bodies. They are reading more, asking more questions, eating better, exercising more and exploring healthier way; of taking care of themselves.
For that reason chiropractic care should be considered an essential part of the pregnant women’s health care regime.
Spinal Nerve Stress

In order to understand how chiropractic care is important for prenatal care we should first learn what chiropractic is: a method of keeping the body free from spinal nerve stress. Spinal nerve stress upsets body function, interferes with health and causes disease. It is however, important to note that chiropractic is a method of ensuring that the spinal column is functioning properly. The chiropractor examines the spinal column for misalignments causing spine and nerve stress which can damage the nervous system and affect the workings of the entire body. All this is extremely important for the pregnant woman who needs to have her body as healthy and strong as possible in order to handle the rigors of pregnancy and
childbirth. Chiropractic care will help ensure that the reproductive and other systems so essential for a healthy pregnancy receive an un-interfered with nerve supply from the spinal column. The slightest interference to the nerve supply could adversely affect the mother and the developing fetus.
Pregnant Women Have Special Concerns

There are so many things that pregnant women worry about: staying pregnant, carrying the baby to full term, “morning sickness”, the baby developing normally, backaches, leg pain and if their labor will be safe and (hopefully) easy.

Can chiropractic care help ease their minds? The experience of many professionals has shown that it can. Chiropractic care can help women become pregnant and maintain their pregnancy, control vomiting during pregnancy, and deliver full-term healthy infants with ease.

Spinal Adjustments

Chiropractic care is especially needed during pregnancy because of the many physical and chemical changes the women’s body is going through. Not only is her center of gravity changing because of the added physical weight she is carrying, but her spinal structure becomes more flexible due to a hormone produced by her ovaries called relaxin.

Relaxin relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis, preparing them for stretching during childbirth and can, in an already unstable spine, aggravate spinal problems.

Conversely, there is a possibility that the more flexible state of the spine provides an opportunity for easier correction of chronic spinal problems. A doctor of chiropractic can check the spine to ensure that the pelvis and vertebrae are functioning together as a unit and are properly balanced.


Questions and Answers

Is it difficult for a pregnant woman to receive a Chiropractic adjustment?

Not at all. Chiropractors are trained in adjusting the spines of pregnant women and many chiropractic adjusting tables have special modifications for the pregnant figure.

Is adjusting a pregnant woman safe?

Very safe and very sensible for both mother and baby.

Can back pain be helped with chiropractic?

Woman have enjoyed less back pain and decreased “back labor” with regular chiropractic care.

Do I have to have a problem in pregnancy to see a chiropractor?

Not at all. Chiropractic should be used as preventative maintenance. Periodic spinal check-ups during pregnancy should be as common as periodic obstetric check-ups.