Most women are aware that low back pain is a part of pregnancy. What most women don’t know is that there is a safe and effective way to get relief. Some women think that they have to just deal with the pain because they can’t take pain medication in fear of what it might do to the unborn child. It is true that taking pain medication could harm the baby but that doesn’t mean the mother must live in pain. Thousands of women are now finding out the benefits of chiropractic care during there pregnancy.
During pregnancy, a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile facet joints on the back side of the spine. Any pre-existing problems in a woman’s spine tend to be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis become overtaxed, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities.
Studies have found that over half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby’s body gains the most weight. Studies have also shown that chiropractic is extremely safe for the expecting mother.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery. It is one safe and effective way to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance.
In fact, most women have found that chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of pain medications during their pregnancy, and studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help to reduce time in labor.
Your doctor of chiropractic should be your partner for a healthy pregnancy. They can provide adjustments, as well as offer nutritional, ergonomic and exercise advice to help address your special needs.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy may provide numerous benefits for women who are pregnant.
Studies have confirmed that some of the potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include