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Pregnancy & Chiropractic
Chiropractic care is extremely safe and effective for pregnant mothers. Our doctors enjoy working with women during pregnancy so that they may enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy, as well as, labor and delivery. After your child is born it is very important to have their spine checked, be sure to visit our Kids and Chiropractic page for more information.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy:
Correct vertebral misalignment
Reduces time of labor and delivery
Helps to control symptoms of nausea
Relieves neck, back and joint pain
Can help to prevent a cesarean section
Helps to prevent breech positioning of baby
Re-establishes the natural position and mobility of joints.
Provides freedom from nervous interference which is vital for the development of a healthy baby and mother
Why is Chiropractic Helpful during Pregnancy?
During the course of pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes innumerable changes biochemically and structurally which can create postural strain, neck, and back pain. A brief look at the anatomy of the spine provides insight as to why chiropractic adjustments can facilitate a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy. The vertebral column is a strong, flexible rod composed of a series of bones called vertebrae which enclose and protect the spinal cord, support the head, and serve as an attachment for the ribs and muscles of the back. This "spine" is able to rotate and move anteriorly (forward), posteriorly (backward) and laterally (side to side). The vertebral column shows four normal curves which increase its strength, help maintain balance in the upright position, absorb shock, and help protect the column from fracture.
The spinal cord, which courses down the center of this column conveys sensory impulses from the peripheral nerves to the brain and conducts impulses from the Central Nervous System (the brain) to all of the peripheral nerves. When an electrical impulse is stimulated in the brain, it travels a neural pathway in the spinal cord. Misalignment of this vertebral column can create pressure on the spinal nerves, irritating the surrounding tissue and causing impeded nerve flow, discomfort and/or pain.
Over the course of a forty week gestation, a mother's weight gain will ideally reach somewhere between 20-30 lbs. This increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions which in turn affect nerves, muscles and mobility of joints. As the bulk of this weight is deposited in the abdominal area, the mother's center of gravity shifts forward. In order to compensate, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing "low back pain".
The hips may also expand laterally to help stabilize the body, putting pressure on the sacro-illiac joints. The hormones of pregnancy cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage (such as the symphisis pubis), and even bones to "soften" and become more pliable. Pelvic bones "slip" and can become more easily displaced and/or fixated. In addition, the round ligaments attach to the pelvis and then the uterus as it enlarges with the growth of the baby. When these ligaments are strained, as with sudden movements or rolling over, they can cause more discomfort for the pregnant mother.