Even the smoothest of pregnancies can create aches and discomfort as your body changes to make room for your baby. At Peak Physical Medicine, our care team takes a holistic approach to health — including pregnancy! We offer chiropractic care to women in the Visalia, California, area to help improve your pregnancy experience and help you prepare for a healthy delivery.
Is it safe to see a chiropractor during pregnancy?
For most pregnant women, chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe. Some women may have complicated pregnancies that make chiropractic adjustments riskier, including:
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placental problems
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
These conditions aren’t the norm, however, and for the vast majority of pregnant women, chiropractic care is not only safe — it’s also beneficial!
How does chiropractic care improve pregnancy?
Chiropractic care can help with many aspects of your overall health, but it’s largely concerned with keeping the musculoskeletal system aligned so that your body can function optimally. Because of the many significant changes your body goes through when you’re pregnant, it isn’t hard to understand how your body can become misaligned during pregnancy.
As your baby gets bigger, your posture changes to accommodate the larger body growing inside you. Your pelvis loosens to prepare for delivery as the curve in your lower back increases. As your pelvis moves, it can become misaligned restricting your baby’s movements, which can lead to birth defects
During pregnancy, your sacroiliac joints, which connect your lower spine to your pelvis, move and shift. These large joints aren’t designed to move much as their main function is absorbing shock between your lower body and trunk. The pregnancy-related movement can be uncomfortable for many women.
You may also notice you have more issues with balance as your pregnancy progresses. And without a doubt, your hips, knees, ankles, and feet experience increased pressure.
Chiropractic care ensures the normal changes that your body experiences during pregnancy don’t cause alignment issues. It helps alleviate the aches and pains many pregnant women feel in their back, neck, and other areas that become strained because of misalignment.
What about labor and delivery?
During pregnancy, your pelvic alignment can shift significantly. This not only restricts your growing baby’s movements, but also creates challenges during labor and delivery. Chiropractic care helps keep your pelvis correctly aligned, ensuring a smoother delivery experience.
Although researchers are still investigating, some evidence shows that prenatal chiropractic care helps prevent breech birth, when your baby’s head is near your stomach instead of the birth canal. Breech babies lead to longer, more difficult labor and often require medical intervention to deliver.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe, and the benefits are tremendous. With chiropractic care while expecting, you’ll be more comfortable for the duration of your pregnancy, experience less pain overall, and have a smoother, easier labor and delivery.