Many women believe that discomfort is an inevitable part of pregnancy. Adverse symptoms may include
- Leg cramps
- Muscle tightening
Although uncomfortable pregnancies are common, they are not inevitable. Chiropractic treatment from an experienced chiropractor, like a chiropractor from AmeriWell Clinics, can be beneficial for the following reasons
Increases Space for Fetus
If a woman’s pelvis is misaligned, the space available for a developing fetus may be insufficient. The fetus’s repositioning can create an imbalance in weight distribution, leading to back and hip pain. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can ensure that the pelvis remains in the proper position and doesn’t cause undue strain on back muscles that support the growing fetus.
Relieves Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is due to changes in hormone levels that are beneficial for healthy pregnancies. Chiropractic treatments that deal with the spine’s alignment can alleviate morning sickness caused by unnecessary pressure on spinal nerves that may send confusing messages to the brain and can lead to nausea and vomiting.
A growing fetus can cause posture changes and pelvic shifts leading to pressure on the sciatic nerve that runs from the back down the leg. The resulting pain and numbness can be debilitating. Chiropractic massage and dry needling techniques can effectively reduce the pressure leading to inflammation of the sciatic nerve, thereby lessening this common symptom of pregnancy.
Reduces Risk for Breech Birth
The alignment of a woman’s pelvis can determine the fetus’s relative position leading up to birth. A poorly aligned pelvis can sometimes lead to a breech birth that can create potential complications for mother and child. Chiropractic care can redirect the pelvis’s alignment into an optimal position that reduces the need for cesarean births for a complication-free delivery.
Helps Predict Due Date
Despite predictions of exact delivery dates, most women give birth before or after their anticipated due date. Doctors often encourage women to engage in gentle physical movement to induce labor, and chiropractic massage and adjustments have a similar effect in promoting the fetus’s transition through the final stages of pregnancy.
For many women, labor can be a drawn-out process, and its progression sometimes requires medical intervention. Chiropractic treatment involving massage and gentle pressure can encourage the position of the pelvis into the birthing position and the release of maternal hormones that can speed the dilation of the birth canal in preparation for the passage of the fetus.
Although every pregnancy is unique, chiropractic care may be an effective and safe option to promote a smooth, uneventful pregnancy.