Pregnancy and Chiropractic - The Perfect Match!

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on April 22, 2013

The day has come, you have joyfully found out youre pregnant!  Just about the moment the shock begins to wear off, the barrage of opinions about the next nine months of your life begins. You should do this, but definitely not that. Eat this, but under no circumstances eat that. Trust me, everyone has an opinion. So, here is mine: chiropractic care is an essential component of maternity care.

For most of our patients, chiropractic care is an important tool in combating regular every day stressors. Pregnancy, however, places additional and specific stressors on the body and it has been reported that 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain during pregnancy. Here are a few reasons why:

 The pregnant belly displaces 25-35 pounds to the abdomen, greatly increasing the stress on the sacroiliac joints.

 As the belly is projected forward, the lumbar curve in increased, placing extra stress on the discs and joints between the vertebrae.

 The position of the baby often causes changes in the proper movement of the pelvis.

 As compensation for the shift in the low back, the neck is translated forward which can lead to muscle spasms and headaches.

 Increase in circulating hormones, specifically during the third trimester, causes hypermobility in the pelvis and decreases overall stability in the spine.

The goal of chiropractic care during pregnancy is to counteract these additional stressful forces. Maintaining proper motion and function in the body during pregnancy not only helps relieve discomfort, as well as allowing the tissues, organs, and cells associated with pregnancy to operate at their best potential by removing interference from the nervous system. Finally, chiropractic care during pregnancy can actually lead to shorter labor times. Having a misaligned pelvis makes it difficult for the baby to get into the best position for delivery. Statistics have shown that women who seek chiropractic care throughout pregnancy have, on average, 25% shorter labor times during their first pregnancy and 31% shorter in subsequent pregnancies.

So as you navigate the list of dos and donts during pregnancy, whether its to bowl or not to bowl, or to sushi or not to sushi, you can be certain that chiropractic care is a definite do. A lifetime of wellness for you and your baby starts now!

Yours in Happy Pregnancy Health,
Dr. Breanna Tivy