5 Important Reasons to See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy
One of the most important times for a woman to be receiving chiropractic care is during pregnancy. Our chiropractors treat pregnancy-related musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions such as back pain, hip pain and pelvic girdle pain. Chiropractic care can help relieve pregnancy pain and discomfort in a safe and effective way. It can also help maintain spinal alignment and pelvic balance, creating optimal space for the developing baby. Throughout pregnancy, chiropractic techniques are adapted and modified to accommodate a growing belly and postural changes. Our chiropractors and massage therapists use pregnancy-pillows to ensure comfort and to maximize therapeutic benefits.
Here are five important reasons to see a chiropractor while pregnant:
Maintaining Spinal Alignment and Pelvic Balance
When the spine is well-aligned and tension on the nervous system is minimal the body can function at its best. When the pelvis is balanced, pregnancy tends to be more comfortable for both the mother and the baby. Pelvic imbalance may limit the amount of space available for the developing baby. It may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. Chiropractors can provide specific care to prevent this issue. The Webster technique is used to assess pelvic balanced and correct misalignments during pregnancy.
Maintaining Good Posture
It is important to know and understand the changes that your body will go through during pregnancy. When it comes to posture, everything changes! As your abdomen grows and breasts begin to enlarge, your centre of gravity shifts forwards. Your posture must adjust to prevent yourself from falling over. The weight of the growing belly gives a pregnant woman the sensation that their weight is being pulled forwards and down. As a result, your lumbar curve accentuates and your pelvis tilts forward. This in turn puts strain on the upper body. You mid-back becomes rounded, your shoulders roll forward and your chin and neck develop an anterior carriage. Your heavy head puts strain on the muscles of your upper back and neck as they try to hold everything close. Your chiropractor will monitor your postural changes while your belly grows. Specific exercises, stretches, sleeping positions and lifestyle modifications will be recommended to minimize the stress your body feels with these postural changes.
Relieving Pregnancy-Related Pain
Low back, pelvis and hip pain during pregnancy is caused by a combination of mechanical, hormonal and circulatory changes that stress your MSK system. At least 50 per cent of pregnant women will experience low back pain. If not addressed, that pain could persist after giving birth. Good news! Your chiropractor can help. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help alleviate back pain, hip pain and pelvic girdle pain. It is safe, gentle and effective for both you and your baby.
We know that physical activity is important throughout our lives. There are endless benefits when it comes to regular movement. During pregnancy, exercise helps to alleviate many of the common discomforts. Physical activity during pregnancy can provide you with more energy; can help you get more restful sleep; can improve your mood and self-image; can reduce aches and pains; can help you stay strong in preparation for childbirth; and can enhance your baby’s health. The general rule is that if you are already active and your pregnancy does not present any contraindications to exercise, you can and should keep moving! Talk to your chiropractor about what activities are right for you and your baby. Our chiropractors are happy to share their expertise in all aspects of MSK-related prenatal care including appropriate stretches and exercises.
Reducing Labour and Delivery Time
Pregnant women who receive regular chiropractic care report that their bodies are better prepared to handle childbirth. With proper spinal alignment, pelvic balance and optimal nervous system function labour and delivery times can be reduced.
Women who receive chiropractic care while pregnant find that their overall pregnancy is more comfortable and enjoyable. They are keeping their bodies and their babies healthy. And there is no better time to consider a massage than when you are pregnant. Pre-natal massage therapy addresses different needs through varying gentle techniques and special attention is given to the mother’s comfort and stage of pregnancy.