Chiropractics and Pregnancy

Chiropractics and Pregnancy

Right from the time you conceive to the time you deliver your baby, you will experience significant and drastic changes in your body. You will quickly gain a minimum of 25 pounds of weight. What happens is that the center of gravity is shifted forward because of the weight of your baby. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Under this circumstance, the spine’s alignment is lost. There is also an increase in the hormonal levels of the body. Relaxin and elastin are responsible for the increase in flexibility of your body. They do so by spreading your joints.

As a result of all these changes, you will experience pelvic and back pain. You can go for chiropractic care in order to alleviate the pain. However, you should not go for chiropractic care unless your doctor asks you to. Discuss your feelings with him and only when he gives you the nod should you proceed with the treatment.

How chiropractic care works

Chiropractic care works on the theory that misalignments or subluxations occur mainly in the spinal cord. These will affect the functional ability of your nervous system and your musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractics and pregnancy

If you are pregnant, misalignment can end up affecting not just you but also your baby. If you choose to go for chiropractic care, you will have appointments during the first trimester as well as your second trimester.

The appointments will be once a month. If your pain is severe, you may have more than one appointment per month. It all depends on your needs and requirements. In the last trimester, you will have to go to the chiropractor once in a fortnight or once in two weeks.

As you near the end of pregnancy, your appointments will be weekly. Each appointment will last for half an hour, approximately. The force used on prenatal patients is usually less than that used on normal patients.

How it helps pregnancy

Chiropractic care will help you in a number of ways. It will ease the pain related to pregnancy that you will feel in your body. At the same time, it will help better baby positioning. If you go for chiropractic care, you will decrease the risks of traumatic birth and also injuries to the nervous system, cranium, and spine of the baby during birth.

A few studies have also shown that labor is shorter in those who choose chiropractic care during their pregnancy. Additionally, morning sickness is considerably less. Another advantage of going for chiropractic care is that the risk of a life-threatening problem called shoulder dystocia is reduced considerably.

Chiropractic care may turn breech babies

If the doctor determines that you are having a breech baby, chiropractic care may help turn the baby into the right position prior to birth. This technique is known as the Webster Technique of chiropractic care. Treatments to turn breech babies will begin on the 32nd week and then continue till the due date arrives. If the baby remains breech, the appointments may become daily. This technique has apparently been 92% effective.

Ask your doctor first

If you want to go for chiropractic treatment, make sure you ask your doctor first. Upon his consent, look for a professional who is reputed and experienced. Don’t choose the first one you find because that can be dangerous for you. A reputed chiropractor will know your requirements through pregnancy and will take care of you.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).