The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. It's common for women to complain of low back pain while pregnant, as well as related issues, such as headaches, mid-back pain, sciatica, leg cramps and constipation. This can lead to difficulty performing daily routines as well as difficulties in labor. In fact, about half of all expectant mothers will experience back pain prior to delivery.
Benefits Of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
The physical and hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy can negatively impact your comfort and posture. Your
baby will become heavier and cause your center of gravity to shift. Your posture will adjust, but this is not its normal position. Your joints or spine can become misaligned. Some changes include:
Changes to your pelvis and hips.
An increased curve in your back from a protruding abdomen.
The good news is that regularly visiting your chiropractor can help manage these changes. One study of chiropractic practices showed that 75 percent of women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy had relief from pain.
Spinal adjustments can do more than make you feel better, though. It can also benefit your baby.
Benefits To The Baby
If your pelvis is not aligned correctly, your baby’s movement can be restricted in the womb. When there is an external force that obstructs your baby’s movement, it is called an intrauterine constraint.
Your delivery may also be impacted. If your pelvis is not properly aligned, your baby can find it difficult to move to the right position for delivery. The baby’s head may not be facing down, which can be dangerous for the baby.
Getting regular chiropractic adjustments can improve your ability to have a noninvasive and natural birth. When your pelvis is aligned and balanced well, your baby is less likely to move to a breech position. You are more likely to have a complicated delivery if your baby is not in the right position.
Some studies show that your labor is more likely to be improved if you have received chiropractic care during pregnancy. This may even help reduce the amount of time you spend laboring. Regular chiropractic care will help you be more comfortable throughout your pregnancy by helping to relieve neck, back, and joint discomfort.
Recent studies conducted regarding chiropractic care and pregnancy resulted in evidence of decreased labor duration. The labor time of first pregnancies was reduced by nearly 24% and subsequent pregnancies were by almost 39%. Additional studies revealed a decreased need for pain medication by 50% and an overall reduction of pregnancy back pain reports of almost 85%.