12 Apr Attention Moms-to-Be: 7 Reasons Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care Go Hand In Hand
Pregnancy and chiropractic care have been a natural pair for decades. Between the proven track record of methods like the Webster Breech Technique and the obvious link between pregnancy and back pain, it is no wonder that many pregnant women seek out chiropractic care before, during and after pregnancy. Here are 7 reasons why you should too:
1. Keep your pelvis in alignment and avoid a c-section.
In North America 22% of women give birth via a c-section, which is 7% higher than the World Health Organization deems acceptable for a population. While some women choose to have a c-section, many do because of breech.
Most pregnant women have heard of the Webster Breech Technique. Pioneered by the late Webster D.C., this technique has proven to have an 82% success rate in ensuring that your baby is in the right position for a natural childbirth.
C-sections are harmful to both baby and mother and chiropractic care can help you avoid one. Recent studies have shown that children who are not born vaginally have less of the “good” bacteria in their stomachs which can lead to many problems including asthma and allergies.
“Chiropractic care can help pregnant women battle nausea; back, neck, or joint pain; and sciatica (plus other types of pain), as well as help relieve postpartum pain.”
~What to Expect When You’re Expecting
2. Reduce or eliminate morning sickness.
Morning sickness is often a telltale sign that you are pregnant but can be a debilitating side effect for many moms-to-be. Many pregnant women are in the workforce and persistent morning sickness can become troublesome. Chiropractic care is a tried and true method for ending morning sickness for many women.
Essentially, morning sickness is caused by an increase in hormone levels, like estrogen and human cortico gonadatrophin, as well as a build up of and toxins that tax the liver. Though the hormones and toxins are a normal part of every pregnancy, some women experience extreme nausea and vomiting as a result. Any subluxation in the spine will prevent the body from functioning optimally, including the liver’s ability to process hormones and toxins. For this very reason, many women who receive chiropractic adjustments at least twice per week experience a reduction in or complete absence of morning sickness. Morning sickness is an obvious reason why pregnancy and chiropractic care go together.
3. Decrease the potential for miscarriage and pre-term delivery.
Nearly 50% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and there are many reasons why this can happen. While some causes for miscarriage are genetic, others are preventable. Those factors that can be prevented fall into two categories: lifestyle and nervous system functionality.
Hormone imbalances, especially in the first three months of pregnancy, can create many problems for the mother-to-be. The central nervous system controls the functioning of the entire body and plays a crucial role in regulating hormone levels, especially during pregnancy. Regular visits to the chiropractor will not only keep your hormones regulated, but your chiropractor will advise you on lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, that will also support a healthy pregnancy.
4. Give your baby the necessary room to grow.
This might be one of the top reasons why pregnancy and chiropractic care are linked. Your pelvis not being aligned can constrict the room that your baby has to naturally develop, known as intrauterine constraint. The most common issue linked to intrauterine constraint is craniosynostosis. One in two thousand babies are born with some form of craniosynostosis. On the safer end of the spectrum this only leads to the head being misshaped while on the more dangerous end there can be a reduction in brain development and functionality leading to hearing, eating, and other developmental problems.
Chiropractic adjustments ensure that your pelvis and sacrum are in alignment, thus maintaining the relaxation of the ligaments necessary to keep the uterus relaxed and spacious for your growing baby. Chiropractic care also keeps your central nervous system communicating with the body clearly, another factor helping to keep your essential ligaments loose.
5. Less time in labor.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been linked to spending less time in the delivery room. Not only is this good for you in regards to the pain that you will experience, but it is also good for your baby. Swift delivery decreases the likelihood of complications and creates fewer traumas for your little one as they come into this world.
6. Naturally reduce inevitable back pain.
With loosening ligaments caused by increasing hormones and a changing center of gravity due to your growing belly, it is certain that your back is going to feel the pains and strains of pregnancy. This back pain can be very difficult to endure and the subluxations related to it can cause other complications in your pregnancy. Keeping your body in alignment throughout your pregnancy and ensuring that it gets back into alignment after birthing (when those ligaments are tightening up again) is good for you and the baby.
Even after you have given birth, subluxations will occur naturally due to carrying and feeding your newborn. Feel good and keep your nervous system functioning optimally by receiving regular chiropractic adjustments.
7. Stay healthy.
Your spine is the circuit board for your central nervous system and there will be stress on it when you are pregnant no matter what. Any time your central nervous system is disrupted you are more prone to becoming ill. During your pregnancy it is crucial to protect your health and well-being for both you and your baby’s sake. Allow your body to maintain its health naturally by keeping your spine aligned and your life force flowing, since it will be flowing for 2 during those 9 months.