Millions of women across North America will seek out Chiropractic care for the first time during pregnancy. There are numerous benefits to keeping your spine, hips and pelvis in optimal alignment at all times but during a pregnancy optimal function and alignment become more critical than ever before.
#1 Go see your Chiropractor For Relief from Pain and Discomfort
One of the primary motivators for seeking out care simply put is pain relief and comfort for the mother to be. The average weight gain during pregnancy is between 25-35 pounds for the average sized woman, and up to as much as 40 pounds for a women that is underweight. This weight gain in a relatively short period of time can put a tremendous amount of stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints of the body predisposing Mom to increased pain and discomfort.
Many different hormones are released throughout the body during the course of a normal pregnancy, one of those being namely relaxin . Relaxin is said to moderate changes in blood flow and circulation, but more importantly relaxes ligaments of the pelvis and lumbar spine in preparation for delivery. This is very important to note because any instability and shifting in the pelvis or the lumbar spine prior to pregnancy can become much worse during it. Relaxin’s peak is reached at around 14 weeks of the first trimester and also at delivery. So keeping the spine in optimal alignment and function is extremely important to prevent any major postural distortion or subluxations that result in nerve pressure causing pain, dysfunction and discomfort.
#2 Go See Your Chiropractor for the Optimal Health and Well Being of Your Developing Child
Now that mom is comfortable, it is necessary to discuss how optimal hip and tailbone alignment can affect the health and well being of the developing child. One consideration we must be aware of is intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint is defined as any force external to the developing fetus that obstructs the normal movement of the fetus. This can be responsible for a number of different structural defects of the face and body affecting optimal development of your child. It can also prevent the baby from attaining a head down vertex position necessary for achieving a vaginal birth. Many different studies link a vaginal birth to reduction in allergies, asthma and infection later on in life, by exposing the child early on to the mother’s good bacteria.
Restoring biomechanical pelvic balance and optimizing nervous system function through specific chiropractic adjustments, allows for both Baby and Mother, to be as healthy, happy and comfortable as humanly possible!