If you’re already a mom and you just found out about a new pregnancy, (congrats btw!) your prenatal chiropractor may have been your next call after your OB/GYN or Midwife. For all the new moms-to-be out there, waddle this way and take a listen, because chiropractic care is about so much more than neck pain, and we’re bringing you all the facts.
Throughout your journey through pregnancy, you may discover (if you haven’t already) that things can get pretty unpredictable, and uncomfortable to boot. Let us be the first to tell you, for the next 9 months, heck the next 18 years, that will not change. Thankfully, you aren’t alone and there are ways to combat the discomfort and unpredictability of your changing body and growing baby.
Chiropractic Care for Pregnant Women
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
These changes can cause postural discrepancies, increased spinal curve and pelvic shifts resulting in discomforts not limited to:
Low back pain
Upper back Pain
Establishing proper alignment through chiropractic care during your pregnancy will help battle these discomforts while improving the health of the nervous system. Because the central nervous system is housed throughout the spinal column, massive postural shifts like those that occur during the months of pregnancy can have an impact on factors beyond aches and pain.
From Breech to Optimal Birthing Position
When the big day comes and it’s time for your little bundle to come earth-side, chiropractic care via your prenatal chiropractor can help to ensure that your baby is in the proper position to greet
the world. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends the Webster Technique as a solution for pregnant women whose babies are still in breech position well into the 3rd trimester. Although breech position accounts for 4% of all births, by use of the Webster Technique, a method used to align the pelvis under chiropractic care, has an 86% success rate in creating the optimal environment for baby to get into the proper head-down birthing position.
Labor and Birth
Chiropractic adjustments have also shown evidence of reduced labor intensity and duration for pregnant women seen by their prenatal chiropractor throughout their pregnancies. As a result of regular chiropractic care, the potential need for cesarean section during labor is also reduced.
Truthfully, we could go on forever about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women. Call us biased, it’s kinda what we do at Life Naturally Chiropractic. But at any rate, call us all the same and Dr. Katie O’Connor, will be there to assist in aligning and empowering you for the birth of your new little one.
Life Naturally Chiropractic is an Orland Park, Illinois based chiropractic office specializing in the care of women before during and after pregnancy. Contact Dr. Katie O’Connor at Life Naturally Chiropractic for more information today.