Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Your body goes through a variety of changes during pregnancy, some of which put an enormous amount of pressure on the spine. This pressure, caused by the weight of your growing baby and the changes your body is experiencing, can lead to back, hip and neck pain. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only safe, but it can also be essential to treat the aches and pains that come with the process of growing a human being inside you.
Why Should You Get Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
While your baby grows, it puts more and more pressure on the thoracic curve of your spine. Although your body was made to stretch and accommodate a fetus during pregnancy, that doesn’t mean the process is painless. As your spine stretches, pressure is put on your joints, causing inflammation. Inflammation then, in turn, causes aches and pains all throughout your body. Chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate some of the pressure in your spine, using specialized equipment so that you can be adjusted safely and comfortably. Chiropractic adjustments not only minimize the back pain associated with pregnancy, but it can also reduce nausea, stop headaches and improve sleep.
How Else Can a Chiropractor Help You During Pregnancy?
Your chiropractor will take your entire health history, lifestyle, and pregnancy into account when personalizing a care plan to address your aches and pain. They may also give you exercises or stretches to do at home that can provide additional relief. Since your body changes quickly during pregnancy, it’s essential to keep up with your regular chiropractic appointments.
Whether this is your first pregnancy or one of many, it’s important to see your chiropractor from the beginning to the end. Adjustments can be performed up until your due date, and even after if your baby decides to come late. Also, ask your chiropractor about postpartum care and chiropractic care for your baby.