Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Benefits Beyond Back Pain

During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through many changes to accommodate a growing baby. When you’re pregnant, the hormone relaxin is released, which relaxes the joints and allows for more room for the growing baby and also eases labor and delivery. But sometimes, the ligaments get so loose that they become structurally unstable, and it can create pain. The hips and pelvis can get misaligned easily as body structures begin to relax and these subluxations can affect how the baby sits in the abdomen and can also cause not only back pain but can also cause difficulty in labor as well.

A pregnant woman is holding her belly in front of a picture.

If the baby does not have enough room to grow, or is presenting in a breech position, chiropractic care can help with the alignment of the pelvis and can even help turn the baby to the proper position. In fact, it may help reduce the length of time you’re in labor and even sometimes make it less painful! During pregnancy, a woman typically carries 25 to 30 extra pounds of weight, pulling on lower back muscles. This causes the abdominal muscles to weaken, and the curve in the lower back becomes accentuated or worsened. Chiropractic care works to restore and maintain proper spinal alignment to create a better functioning and stable lower back and pelvic region.

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75% of pregnant women who receive chiropractic care report feeling relief about two to four days after a session. Since chiropractic care can improve the overall functioning of the nervous system, it can even help with other symptoms such as nausea and/or morning sickness, sciatica, and headaches. It is also important for new mothers to be checked after birth to help in restoring proper structural integrity and nerve communication as your body begins to recover after birth. Chiropractic care can help to allow the body to heal itself quicker and may help with postpartum depression. Chiropractic can help to allow a better birthing experience because healthy babies start with healthy mothers!

A pregnant woman with her hands on her stomach.