Can you go to a chiropractor while you’re pregnant?
How might chiropractic mind help during pregnancy?
There are numerous hormonal and physical changes that a woman will experience during pregnancy, and the physical changes will eventually affect a woman’s stance and balance. As a child grows inside of the mother’s stomach, the mother’s focal point of gravity will shift.
These substantial changes during a pregnancy can have lasting effects on other parts of the body, including the spine or joints. Additionally, a woman’s back can be affected as it has to carry additional weight, and the pelvis begins to prepare for childbirth. One common issue that pregnant women can experience is a tilted pelvis, meaning that it is out of alignment.
Regular visits to a bone and joint specialist during a woman’s pregnancy can resolve these issues, as the specialist can work to ease discomfort and directly address areas of pain. A release from pain can lead to a more positive and healthy pregnancy for both the mother and child.
Is chiropractic care helpful for an unborn child?
An unborn child needs room to develop in the mother’s womb, and a tilted pelvis can limit the amount of room available for a child to develop. Having a lack of space in the room can lead to health complications for children and mothers as well as physical pain.
While a tilted pelvis can present issues during pregnancy, it also can hinder childbirth itself by convoluting the child’s exit from the mother’s womb. The best position for a child to be in as it exits the mother is head down, back facing, and the mother has a better chance of getting the child into position is with optimal pelvic space. If there is no space to shift the baby before it comes out of the womb, the process of childbirth can be more drawn out and difficult.
Having a clear and unobstructed pelvis can be extremely beneficial for mothers and their babies, and chiropractic care can help keep the pelvis clear and open. Specific benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Easing pain on the mother during pregnancy, which contributes to lower stress and a healthier baby
- Making sure the back, neck, hips, and joints are not unnecessarily worn down
- Helping to control the side effects of pregnancy sickness
If you are an expecting mother who could benefit from chiropractic care, first talk with your primary care provider and OBGYN. These doctors have a thorough understanding of your health and pregnancy and can advise whether or not you should seek out chiropractic treatment.
If they determine chiropractic care is safe for mother and baby, you should seek chiropractors with specialized experience dealing with pregnant patients. You can then work with the chiropractors to address areas of pain and create a treatment plan moving forward.
For mothers experiencing extreme discomfort during pregnancy, chiropractic treatment can be beneficial. It can address areas of pain in the back, hips, and joints and work out a tilted pelvic. As with any medical procedure, chiropractic care can be dangerous, especially during a pregnancy. Patients should always speak with their primary care doctors before moving forward with medical treatment.
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