As any expectant mother can tell you, aches and pains are just a fact of this incredibly special time in life. With so much going on in the body during those precious nine months, it’s no wonder that many women find themselves in search of treatment options to help alleviate back and neck pain. Thankfully, chiropractic care is both safe and effective for pregnant women. Here’s what you need to know.
Routine chiropractic treatment during pregnancy is actually quite helpful for both mother and baby. The gentle and non-invasive techniques provided by a chiropractor are proven to help alleviate pain and reduce stress on muscular joints. Further, keeping regular appointments can also help align the pelvis for an easier delivery. However, if you have a high-risk pregnancy or experience severe pain, it is always a good idea to double-check with your doctor before scheduling a chiropractic appointment.
There are numerous reasons why a woman might opt for chiropractic care during pregnancy. Some feel it is a good preventative method for keeping the aches of the eventual third trimester away, so they schedule regular appointments from the moment they first find out they’re expecting. Others go when they’re further along to help reduce inflammation and improve range of motion as the size and shape of their bodies evolve with the growth of the baby.
It is important to note that not all chiropractors accept patients who are pregnant. The reason for this is that they do not want the liability if something should happen, even though chiropractic care is incredibly safe during pregnancy. So, the same doctor you’ve trusted for years might not be the one who ultimately treats you through the birth of your baby. Before you schedule an appointment, double-check that this is an area they specialize in and if not, who they recommend for prenatal chiropractic care.
There are tons of benefits of having chiropractic care while pregnant. The most common include decreased nausea during the first trimester, better body and posture alignment, and improved positioning of the baby. Many women who have prenatal chiropractic care often report easier labor and delivery than those that did not.
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