4Roughly 50 percent of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy, and up to 75 percent of women experience it during labor. However, only 21 percent of women seek consultation with their medical providers for their back pain, as most of them believe it is normal and expected during the course of their pregnancy.
But, in recent years, chiropractic care has been included as a safe and effective treatment for pregnant patients to help them have a comfortable pregnancy, to help facilitate delivery, and reduce labor complications. In fact, chiropractors have reported that 72 percent of pregnant women is likely to benefit from prenatal chiropractic care. Still, many women experiment first with other alternative treatments such as massage and yoga before they try chiropractic care.
At ChiroCare of Florida, our chiropractors practicing prenatal care can help women with back pain and other symptoms have a more pleasant experience. Our prenatal chiropractors also help make sure a woman's body is aligned for the welcoming of her baby. Keep reading to learn more about these surprising facts about prenatal chiropractic care.
#1 – Natural Pregnancy Care
During pregnancy, women start supplementing their diet with vitamins and minerals needed to support their health during this period. Nutritional needs change throughout the pregnancy, which means women also need to adjust their diets as well as their supplements. A prenatal chiropractor can help to provide guidance on how to adjust lifestyle activity and nutrition to match your body’s needs throughout the pregnancy.
Unlike other physicians, a chiropractor will never prescribe drugs to supplement or treat any symptoms. Instead, chiropractic care offers a drug-free, all-natural approach to pregnancy using chiropractic treatments, and complementary treatments such as massage therapy and essential oils. However, medical pregnancy treatment still needs to be directed by a skilled medical professional such as your OBGYN or your primary healthcare provider.
#2 – Control Pregnancy Symptoms
While pregnancy is a beautiful time for many women, it is also accompanied by many symptoms that can interfere with your quality of life. Symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, insomnia, constipation, urination urges, abdominal pressure, swelling, morning sickness, and so on can significantly impact your quality of life while pregnant.
The body goes through many changes as the baby grows. Pressure can displace internal organs, leading to constipation and frequent, urgent urination. Sleep is also affected. Muscles become strained when sleeping in unnatural positions, which can lead to potential misalignments that result in back and neck pain.
By aligning the spine, which also houses the central nervous system, chiropractic care can restore the body’s alignment and balance while easing many of these symptoms. Many of the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy aim at providing symptom-relief.
In addition to spinal adjustments, other chiropractic treatments such as laser therapy and even acupuncture can work together to help ease pregnancy symptoms.
#3 – Help with Childbirth
Throughout pregnancy, a woman's body adjusts to make room for the growing baby. However, when this happens, the hips, pelvis and the spine might shift out of place or become misaligned. These misalignments, coupled with a shift in a woman's center of gravity, can interfere with childbirth.
Chiropractic care can help to maintain the hips, pelvis, and spine in proper alignment to endure childbirth without applying additional force. With a balanced pelvis and aligned spine, babies have a greater chance of moving into the right position for birth, diminishing the possibilities of breech births.
After giving birth, chiropractic care can also help with the joint discomfort that often accompanies childbirth. By adjusting all misalignments and eliminating subluxations, women can experience relief from shoulder problems, pelvic pain, muscle tensions, rib discomfort, and more.
#4 – Optimal Baby Positioning
Even in a healthy pregnancy, most birth practitioners begin worrying about breeching by week 37. Roughly 4 percent of all pregnancies result in a breech birth. In these cases, prenatal chiropractors are called in often to perform the Webster Technique. The main purpose of this technique is to release tension that might be causing a misalignment in the hips and pelvis. This will allow the baby to move into the optimal position for birth. However, when women seek chiropractic care during their pregnancy, ongoing spinal adjustments may prevent breeching.
The Webster Technique can work on all different types of breech presentations including:
- Frank Breech: When the baby’s buttocks present first, with legs and the feet near the head.
- Complete Breech: When the baby buttocks present first, the knees are bent and the feet near the buttocks.
- Footling Breech: When one or both feet of the baby present first.
#5 – Help Prevent Birth Defects
Not only can chiropractic care help with pregnancy, but it is also beneficial for your baby-to-be. When the pelvis is misaligned, it can restrict the space available to your developing baby. This is known as an intrauterine constraint, and can lead to birth defects.
Pelvis misalignment can also lead to various childbirth complications and increase your odds of requiring a cesarean section.
How to Find a Chiropractor to Help with Your Pregnancy
There are no known contraindications to prenatal chiropractic care. In fact, most women who have visited a chiropractor during pregnancy report only positive effects. It is also important to know that all chiropractors are trained to work on pregnant women. However, some seek additional training and certifications including being Webster Certified to work specifically with pelvic balance during pregnancy.
At ChiroCare of Florida, our experienced and caring chiropractors are trained to work on pregnant women to help them maintain spinal and pelvic alignment while they wait for their newborns. If you are pregnant or recently had a baby, contact a ChiroCare of Florida facility today.
Our chiropractors will be eager to answer all your questions about chiropractic care during pregnancy and create a personalized wellness program to help you feel your best and enjoy this precious stage to its fullest.