Everybody talks about how having a child changes your life. Providing for them, changing diapers, teaching them how to live, soccer practice, homework, saving for college…
However, people talk less about how having a child changes your body. Your joints and ligaments loosen to accommodate your new passenger. The extra unbalanced weight can throw off your posture and leave you feeling clumsy when you move. It doesn’t take a blog to tell you that pregnancy and childbirth are brutal on your body.
This is where chiropractic care comes in. Maintaining spine and joint health is extremely important during this special nine months when your body is doing so much extra work to accommodate your child. Like anything with pregnancy, there are some extra considerations to make sure you are doing it safely.
Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?
Overall, it is safe to receive chiropractic care when you are pregnant. Medically speaking, there are no harmful effects to you or your child from chiropractic treatments as long as they are performed correctly by qualified professionals. This is because chiropractic care does not involve any drugs or surgeries. It is a completely natural and medically proven way of healing your body.
Luckily, our team is trained in how to treat pregnant women and some even specialize in prenatal care.
How can you tell if your chiropractor is trained on how to treat for pregnant women? Well, your first stop should always be your doctor. They should be clearing any treatment you get and they might even recommend us to you. Additionally, a good prenatal chiropractor will take extra care not to put any pressure on your belly or abdomen and may also provide you with pregnancy-safe stretches to help with relieving tension and joint stress.
What are the Benefits?
As your baby grows, your center of gravity changes and your spine tries to compensate. Your joints and pelvis will also change as they prepare for delivery. This is a recipe for discomfort, pain, and misalignment. A properly aligned pelvis is also important in providing enough room for your baby’s development.
Chiropractic care can help with all of these problems in a natural and non-invasive way and can even help with other aspects of pregnancy like reducing nausea.
While discussing care with your doctor should be your first step, there are some other considerations to keep in mind as well. If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding, placental abruption, or otherwise expect to have complications or an atypical pregnancy, then extra discussion needs to take place with your doctor and chiropractor to ensure that everyone is on the same page in providing you with proper care.
Talk to your doctor before receiving any treatment, but if you have any questions about prenatal chiropractic care or are looking for qualified professionals who will take good care of you and your treasure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Howell Chiropractic & Wellness.