Chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to alleviate discomfort during pregnancy.
Whether you’re expecting or trying to conceive and want to understand your health care options, learn more about prenatal chiropractic.
What to Expect During a Session
Our chiropractic team includes doctors who are expertly trained to treat pregnant women. We use a special adjusting table, supportive pillows and low-force techniques that do not put pressure on the abdomen.
Your chiropractor will listen to your concerns and address the areas in pain. For pregnant women, these commonly include the back, shoulders and neck.
Benefits of Chiropractic During Pregnancy
The pregnant body goes through amazing changes over the course of nine months. While many of these changes can be uncomfortable, including a protruding abdomen and rounded back, treatment methods are specifically designed to ease any resulting discomfort.
Our prenatal chiropractic treatments are safe during all three trimesters! Pregnant women can expect the following benefits from working with our compassionate team.
1. More Comfort, Less Pain
Typically, pregnant women start showing in the second trimester and gain the majority of weight during the last six months. As the baby becomes heavier, the mother’s center of gravity shifts. The resulting changes in posture can also cause lower back strain.
Soft tissue manipulation can stretch restricted spinal joints and help relax the surrounding muscles to relieve an expectant mother’s back pain.
In addition to body aches, pregnant women may experience heartburn and constipation. As nerve interferences in the spinal column can prevent proper digestion, a gentle chiropractic adjustment can realign the spine and improve function across the body’s core systems.
2. Improved Morning Sickness
One of the most common symptoms of pregnancy is nausea. While supplements and medications can be prescribed for morning sickness, studies have shown that regular chiropractic visits during pregnancy help relieve nausea!
The spinal cord is an extension of the central nervous system, which controls all functions. As such, the entire body can be negatively affected by a misalignment.
Chiropractors can reduce feelings of nausea by removing the subluxation, which also improves nervous system function. A healthier balance of hormones can lessen the severity of morning sickness.
3. Pelvic Alignment for Birth
An aligned pelvis allows the baby to move into an optimal position for birth, which is head first. On the other hand, pelvic misalignment can limit the space the baby has to move in the womb.
During pregnancy, joints can shift out of alignment more easily. As a result, the baby could be positioned feet or bottom first in the uterus, called “breech”. A breech baby could get stuck in the birth canal or the umbilical cord may be damaged, reducing oxygen supply.
Chiropractic treatment can ensure proper alignment of an expectant mother’s pelvis for birth. According to the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, first-time moms who receive chiropractic care during pregnancy are in labor for 25 percent less time than other women!
4. Continued Wellness After Birth
Pregnancy and childbirth have a drastic impact on the body, including weight gain and increased stress on the bones, muscles and organs. Post-birth, chiropractic treatment can help realign the spine and pelvis, while keeping the body and its hormones balanced.
Proper spinal alignment after pregnancy can help protect the mother’s neck and upper back during feeds, as well as prevent injury from lifting and holding the baby or pushing a stroller.
Our team at The Chiropractic Health Center of Glastonbury can help pregnant women and new mothers maintain a healthy spine and improve overall wellness! To learn more about our services, contact us today.