Most pregnant women realize that unfortunately, when you are expecting, there are some things that you either can’t or shouldn’t do. As such, it is completely understandable that you would want to check the safety of certain practices before you undergo them. Chiropractic care is no different.
Since many people think that chiropractic care only involves spinal manipulations and distinct, physical movements, it is a common misconception that you shouldn’t visit a chiropractor while you are pregnant. However, not only is chiropractic care completely safe for pregnant women, many doctors, midwives and other health professionals actively recommend it.
Is it safe for chiropractors to support pregnant women?
It may surprise you to learn that all chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. In fact, some are so committed to providing the specialised chiropractic care that can benefit this group of women that they do on to specialize in fertility and pregnancy wellness. If you are pregnant and looking for the advice and support of a chiropractor, you may wish to look for one that actively promotes this specialism as they should have knowledge of the newest recommendations for expectant women and have the experience you need to feel reassured that both you and your baby are in safe hands.
When is chiropractic care beneficial during pregnancy?
Studies have shown that chiropractic care can be very beneficial during pregnancy, even during the first trimester. Some of the ways in which regular appointments with a trained and experienced chiropractor can support you during your pregnancy include the following:
Relieving the increasing amount of pressure that your growing baby will place upon your spine.
Prevention of sciatica, which occurs when the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back down through your legs to your feet becomes inflamed.
Maintenance of pelvic balance, which is important as your abdomen becomes larger, affecting your posture.
Advice on best maintaining your posture throughout your pregnancy.
Ensuring your pelvis is correctly aligned, which studies have shown can make it easier for the baby to get into the right position for delivery.
Relieving back, neck and joint pain.
Improved quality of sleep, enabling you to feel more refreshed and better able to deal with the physical demands of pregnancy.
In addition to supporting your spine and spine health during your pregnancy, chiropractic care has also been shown to help control nausea and could even potentially reduce the amount of time that you spend in labor. Chiropractors are also trained in the art of nutritional therapy and will be able to advise you on the best food to eat to ensure that your body is in optimal health for the duration of your pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and suffering with back pain, or if you are simply wondering about the benefits of chiropractic care during this important time of your life, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experienced and friendly chiropractic team to schedule your consultation.