Living in a world where research is ever-developing can be pleasantly overwhelming. I find myself lost in an almost euphoric state when weeding through that ocean of knowledge. This experience intensely amplified when I was pregnant. In the beginning, I was unsure exactly I wanted to handle everything. All I knew was that I truly wanted the absolute best beginning that I could provide for my teeny growing seed.
Research is a major love in my life, so it only makes sense that I felt compelled to fill my days with information about one of the most exciting events in life! Through my studies, I found just how important chiropractic prenatal care is.
Chiropractic treatment relieves strain on nerves, caused by spinal misalignments, encouraging overall health in your body and its systems.1 Your nervous system is the main communication center to every system in your body- that includes the reproductive and immune systems. This helps to maintain a healthy pregnancy!1,2 Chiropractic care has even been proven to promote fertility for those who are trying to conceive.1
Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy?
Number one on my personal pregnancy-care list is safety. Of course, we want our pregnancy plan to be as safe as possible for us and that tiny little sea urchin we get to grow inside of our bellies. Chiropractic passed my safety test with flying colors.4,5 In fact, pregnancy is one of the most important times for a women to seek out chiropractic care!3 Every chiropractor is trained to treat pregnant women; they use techniques that avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen. Many clinics, like Knoxville’s Advanced Chiropractic, use special tables that adjust to a pregnant belly.1
I love to seek out an understanding of the how’s and why’s in life! There is a tested and true way to examine and adjust pregnant women. It was developed by the founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Larry Webster. Through this system, your chiropractor can safely and effectively take some stress away from the uterus and ligaments supporting it.1
Pregnancy Effects on the Body
Pregnancy can cause alignment issues as your body adapts to support that little growing life.3 Your growing belly and the extra weight of the baby both take a toll on the shape and condition of your spine, causing subluxations.1,3 Posture and the position of your pelvis adapt to the new shape of your body; many times needing a bit of help getting into just the right position.1,3 A misaligned pelvis can take room away from the growing baby; this is called intrauterine constraint and can cause issues in the development and delivery of your child.1
Benefits of Chiropractic in Pregnancy
Adjustments assist both mom and baby in having the best possible health and experience during pregnancy! Through chiropractic, you can control nausea symptoms as well as relieve back, neck, and joint pain.1,2,3 Receiving chiropractic care throughout your entire pregnancy will ensure that the baby has plenty of room to develop.1 It has also been proven to help the baby to be in a great position for delivery, cutting down the time of labor and delivery as well as reduce the likelihood of breeched and posterior positions.1,2,3 This makes the need for cesarean sections less likely and provides mama and baby with an easier, safer delivery!1,3 There are many ways chiropractic can help mothers achieve a natural, drug-free birth.2 Your chiropractor will even show you safe pregnancy exercises and stretches.1
You and your new bundle of joy can greatly benefit from continuing care after the birth. There are even mothers that choose to get an adjustment during labor!2 The birthing process in and of itself can place a tremendous amount of stress on both the mother’s and the new baby’s body; chiropractic is so safe and beneficial that it is even recommended to get a brand-spanking-new baby checked for subluxations as well as adjusted!2 New mamas should never be a martyr; chiropractic is such a great way to heal postpartum subluxations allowing her to heal faster, mentally and physically.2,6 Just as it is easy for your posture to change while the baby is growing, feeding and carrying your baby can put a real toll on your posture, too.2 Call the friendly Knoxville doctors at Advanced Chiropractic today to start your family’s journey with wellness!
Chiropractic is the perfect treatment for many of the changes occurring in your body during pregnancy. Do not hesitate to start up a relationship with a chiropractor today and stay on top of your maternity- before, during, and after pregnancy!
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1. “Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy: Safety and Benefits.” American Pregnancy Association, 8 Nov. 2017, americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/chiropractic-care-during-pregnancy/.
2. Kate. “5 Reasons to Use Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy.” Modern Alternative Pregnancy, 4 Apr. 2018, modernalternativepregnancy.com/2016/04/27/chiropractic-care-pregnancy/.
3. “Chiropractic and Pregnancy.” The Joint Chiropractic, www.thejoint.com/chiropractic-care-and-pregnancy.
4. Borggren, Cara L. “Pregnancy and Chiropractic: a Narrative Review of the Literature.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, vol. 2, June 2007, pp. 70–74., doi:10.1016/j.jcme.2007.04.004.
5.“Chiropractic: A Safe Treatment Option.” American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org/Patients-Why-Choose-Chiropractic-Chiropractic-A-Safe-Treatment-Option.
6. “Chiropractic Care and Postpartum Depression.” Shoreview, MN Chiropractor - Steffen Chiropractic Center, www.steffenchiropracticcenter.com/chiropractic-care-and-postpartum-depression.
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