“Pregnancy is a journey, not just a destination”. It is a nine-month rollercoaster ride of thrills and surprises, and caring for yourself greatly impacts your comfort during pregnancy and childbirth. It is one of the most intense times of a woman’s life. So, is there a way a mother can keep herself healthy during pregnancy? Yes– chiropractic care! Here’s what you need to know about prenatal chiropractic care and how it can make motherhood a less stressful, and more enjoyable experience.
Why is prenatal chiropractic care important?
During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many physical as well as hormonal changes. Sometimes, these changes create discomfort and pain. It is very important for a mother to take care of herself as well as her baby during those precious 9 months.
Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and effective way to address the discomforts of pregnancy, create the ideal environment for the growing baby and empower the mother to handle stress with more ease. When your spine and pelvis are properly aligned, it allows your nervous system to function better. When your nervous system works better, your entire body works better.
What are the benefits of prenatal chiropractic care?
While chiropractic care can relieve pain, seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can have these added benefits:
- A healthier overall pregnancy
Prenatal chiropractic care can contribute to improved overall health for both you and your baby and may reduce some unwanted symptoms so you can experience a safer, more comfortable pregnancy.
- Help reposition the baby
A pelvis that’s out of alignment can restrict the amount of space available to your developing baby. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps you maintain a healthy pelvic balance, so your baby has enough room to freely move head-first into the correct delivery position.
- Reduce low back pain
As your baby grows, your posture will change and cause tension in the spine and muscles of the lower back. Chiropractic care can correct the misalignment to alleviate the pressure that contributes to that pain.
- Easier labor and birth
Getting regular chiropractic care during your pregnancy can help ensure your pelvis is properly aligned and that your nervous system is functioning optimally. Chiropractic adjustments help to boost parasympathetic function, which allows for the release of oxytocin (hormone responsible for uterine contractions) so mom can experience faster labor and easier birth, with less pain and discomfort.
- Quicker recovery after birth
Regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy ensure that your brain is able to send the right signal to the rest of the body so your body can properly function, heal, and recover especially after delivery.
When to start prenatal chiropractic care?
One question that may be floating in your mind during pregnancy is, “When should I start chiropractic care?” To achieve the best possible pregnancy and childbirth, you’d be doing yourself a favor to start chiropractic care as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. It is easier to prevent pain and complications, than to fix them. The sooner you do, the sooner you may persuade your body into a better position and improve your pregnancy journey.
Whether you’re trying to achieve a comfortable pregnancy and natural birth, or your baby is breech and you’re at risk for having a C-section, or you’re having occasional aches and pains, chiropractic care can benefit your pregnancy in some way. Remember, it is never too late or too early, to begin chiropractic care.
If you’re currently pregnant, chiropractic care can offer you a range of benefits that will enhance your life. At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we aim to help you have the best chance to optimize your health and well-being. We would love the opportunity to help you and your family achieve optimal health.
As one of St. Petersburg, Orlando/ Maitland Florida’s leading Pediatric and Family chiropractors, we’re always striving to provide you and your family with the best care and experience. If you are looking for prenatal, infant, or family chiropractic care – contact us to schedule an appointment, we can’t wait to help your family!
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