Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth.
There are no contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Chiropractors at Chiropractic Physicians are trained to work with women who are pregnant.
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joints:
- Protruding Abdomen and Increased Back Curve
- Pelvic Changes
- Postural Adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance, and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned, it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis, may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions, can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The nervous system is the master communication system, to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned, helps the entire body work more effectively.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Benefits for Mother:
- Prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in (1) pelvic bony structures (2) muscles (3) ligaments
- Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus.
- Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions.
- Reduces muscle imbalances and localized inflammation to remove or decrease conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica.
- By decreasing spinal misalignment, as well as muscle and ligament tension the lymphatic system functions optimally for improved immune system function.
- By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.
Benefits for Baby:
- Physical stressors such as muscle spasms or spinal misalignment can impact the mother’s vital organs and endocrine system for better baby development.
- Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming (1) cranium (2) spine (3) other fetal structures.
- Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth.
- With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia, and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention.
- With vaginal birth, significantly enhances immune function of baby, with decreased likelihood of allergies, diabetes, autoimmune disease, etc.