Prenatal Chiropractic Care
A woman’s personal health and wellness is especially important during pregnancy. Pregnancy is an amazing journey, but creating life can take quite a physical toll on the body. Weight gain, pelvic adjustments, hormones, and other changes can affect pregnant women in a number of ways, including spinal misalignment.
The most common effects of pregnancy on the body include:
- Weight gain in the abdomen
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Needless to say, weight gain in the abdomen is going to occur during pregnancy.
While every women is different, the average weight gain during pregnancy is 25-35 pounds. This added weight results in increased back curve. The farther the pregnancy continues and the more weight you gain, the more the back curves. This is one of the main causes of back pain during pregnancy.
Pelvic changes are another effect of pregnancy.
In order to carry the baby and prepare for delivery, the body releases a hormone called relaxin that helps the pelvis and surrounding joints loosen. The same hormone can cause other ligaments to loosen and relax, like ligaments supporting the spine, which can result in instability and pain.
Finally, pregnant women experience postural adaptations to help maintain balance and stability as their bodies change. These adaptations can result in spinal and joint misalignment, often causing pain or discomfort.
As you can see, these common changes during pregnancy can have quite an effect on the spine and pelvis. And unfortunately, a misaligned pelvis can impact delivery, making it hard for the baby to get into the best possible position. Prenatal chiropractic care is meant to relieve pain and stress associated with pregnancy and help mothers’ through their entire experience, from the beginning stages of pregnancy to delivery.
By adjusting your body’s misaligned joints, particularly the spine, chiropractic care helps reduce stress and promotes overall health, which promotes the wellness of both mother and baby. Relieving stress and putting the body in alignment can help women have a healthier, more comfortable pregnancy, as well as labor and birth.
At Crevar Chiropractic, we want to help pregnant women experience a comfortable, healthy pregnancy as well as a shorter and less difficult labor. Our prenatal chiropractic care is individualized to each patient and may involve a number of treatments. Joint mobilization, alignment of the spine and pelvis, and soft tissue treatment through massage therapy are all natural, drug-free ways to alleviate back pain and other pregnancy-related pain.
Prenatal chiropractic treatments offer a number of benefits to both mother and child:
- Healthier, more comfortable pregnancy, labor, and birth
- Back pain relief
- Nausea relief
- Better positioning for the baby
- Better nervous system function
- Stress relief
The most important benefit of chiropractic care during pregnancy is that it promotes the mother’s health and wellness, which in turn promotes the health of the child.
And when performed by a licensed professional like Dr. Crevar, chiropractic care during pregnancy is completely safe.
If you’re struggling with pain related to pregnancy, from back pain to pelvic issues to stress, come visit us at Crevar Chiropractic. Our natural, drug-free chiropractic treatments can help alleviate pain, reduce stress, and promote a healthy pregnancy.