How Can Chiropractic Care Help During My Pregnancy and Labor?
Do you suffer from things such as back pain, headaches, nausea, sciatica, or carpeltunnel syndrome?
Chiropractic care is effective in creating a more comfortable pregnancy and is proven totreat things such as back pain, headaches, nausea, and carpel tunnel, chiropractic careduring pregnancy has been shown to reduce overall labor times as well.
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
YES, Chiropractic adjustments are safe during pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic makealterations in techniques and patient positioning to accommodate for the increase inbelly and breast size. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy and farless force is used.
How does chiropractic care help during pregnancy?
Headaches Due to the tilt in the neck as a result of posture and the misalignmentscommon to the forward shoulders and looser ligaments, nerve receptors in the neck canbe irritated and map out a headache as a response.
Pelvic alignment - Proper pelvic alignment allows the baby enough room to growproperly at each stage.
as you get closer to labor, a properly aligned pelvis allows the baby to move tothe proper head down position allowing an easier labor and delivery.
If a pregnant mom does not have proper alignment of the pelvic joints, tighteningand spasm of the uterine ligaments and uterine muscle can occur which istermed inuteroconstraint. This condition can block the babys ability to turnproperly and is the main cause of breech presentations.
Nausea - When the upper neck misaligns, it can rotate and choke the nerve tissue, oneof the symptoms which can occur is nausea. While nausea is a normal part of pregnancy, achiropractic examination can determine if in fact this symptom is actually a result of nerveinterference in the neck.
Back Pain - 76 % of women experience back pain during some portion of theirpregnancy. This is due to the shifts in posture and the hormonal changes which occur as theweight gain continues.
How Does Chiropractic care help during labor?
Women who have undergone chiropractic adjustments during their pregnancy report that theirlabors are easier and less stressful on their bodies.
A study revealed that first time mothers under chiropractic care had 24% shorterlabor times versus women who were not. Without chiropractic care, the first time momlabored approximately 14 hours and with chiropractic care labor was averaged at 8-9hours.
Chiropractic patients who have had previous children enjoyed 39% shorter labortimes. For moms having their second or more baby, they labored approximately 9-10hours and with chiropractic care during pregnancy, this was reduced to approximately 4-5 hours of labor.
Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can also reduce the likelihood ofexperiencing back labor. This is usually caused by position of the fetus with the babysback of their skull pressed against the sacrum instead of against the front of the pelvis.
Avoidance of this painful condition therefore contributes to less likelihood ofrequiring pain medication during delivery.
Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow down labor, and add painto both the mother and baby. Many women have been told that their babies were toobig, or labor just slowed down when it was really the babys presentation interferingwith the normal process and progression.