Pregnancy and the Chiropractic lifestyle
During the course of pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes innumerable changes biochemically and structurally which can create postural strain and neck and back pain. A brief look at the anatomy of the spine provides insight as to why chiropractic adjustments can facilitate a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy.
Over the course of a forty week gestation, a mother's weight gain will ideally reach somewhere between 30-40 lbs. This increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions which in turn affect nerves, muscles and mobility of joints. As the bulk of this weight is deposited in the abdominal area, the mother's center of gravity shifts forward. In order to compensate, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing "low back pain".
The hips may also expand laterally to help stabilize the body, putting pressure on the sacro-illiac joints. The hormones of pregnancy cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage (such as the symphisis pubis), and even bones to "soften" and become more pliable. Pelvic bones "slip" and can become more easily displaced and/or fixated. In addition, certain round ligamis bones and then to the uterus as it enlarges with the growth of the baby. When these ligaments are strained or torqued, as with sudden movement or "rolling over", they can cause even more discomfort for the pregnant mother.
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care can:
- Correct vertebral misalignment and relieve pressure with gentle and effective adjustments.
- Help ensure that pelvic bones are properly aligned, facilitating a quicker, easier delivery.
- Re-establish the natural position and mobility of the joints.
- Provide freedom from interference of normal nerve energy which is vital for the development of a healthy baby and mother.
Breech birthing complications are an issue that some mothers seeek chiropractic care for at our office. This complication or breech positioning causes the need for a c-section birth....and causing the brand new child to miss the experience of the vital bacteria exposure and pump of the nervous system or jump start that their brains require. Our success rate for assisting in the body to allow for natural head down births, by removing interference is positve. Dr. Dennis actually turned his first child prior to birth to allow for a natural vaginal birth.
When you remove nervous system interference, the body can heal itself.
We encourage all parents to be to seek out prenatal classes that best suit your needs. Some may not know that there are educators available to teach you about natural birthing, one method that is recommended by many midwives is the Bradley Method of Birthing.