Most women will experience some kind of back and spinal problems during their pregnancy. This is not surprising since mum must accommodate the constantly shifting volume of extra weight, most of which is carried in front of her. To compensate for the extra load, the pregnant woman ends up sitting, walking, lying, and moving differently, all of which can put undue stress on the spine.
In addition, the expanded uterus is pushing against many internal organs, causing even more physiological stress. This, in turn, can trap various nerves and impinge upon structural and muscular systems resulting in a variety of pregnancy related back, muscle and joint pains. Chiropractic care is a great way to treat this pain. Regular chiropractic treatment will not only reduce subluxations (spinal misalignments) as they incur but will also improve the ability of the body to perform better.
Many drug-based treatments can have negative effects on the foetus, so chiropractic care provides an excellent drug-free option for the promotion of the expectant mother’s health.
Several studies have shown that women who receive regular chiropractic care during pregnancy have shorter and easier labours. The stress of childbirth can be traumatic for the new baby and the better prepared mum’s body is, the less the stress on her baby.
When a woman goes into labour her whole system may be affected. Her hips may be out of alignment and her spine may be twisted in subtle ways so that her baby’s path is restricted. This will lead to stress on the baby’s body as well as a prolonged labour – neither of which is good for mum or baby. Regular chiropractic care has been shown to decrease the overall risk of these complications. Moreover, the need for painkillers during delivery may be reduced.
Drugs during child birth are not the best option as most drugs can have unwanted or unknown side effects on the baby. The better prepared your drug-free body is to carry and deliver your child the less complications you are likely to experience.
Obviously, your chiropractor should not be a replacement for your obstetrician or gynaecologist. Chiropractic treatments should be complimentary to regular medical monitoring during pregnancy to ensure a smooth childbirth the way nature intends it to be.