Pregnancy changes a woman’s body, and this may lead to problems due to the musculoskeletal system being misaligned. Prenatal chiropractic care keeps your bones, muscles, joints and connective tissues working properly to alleviate and avoid uncomfortable symptoms.
What is Prenatal Chiropractic Care?
Prenatal chiropractic care includes treatments that are designed to meet the unique needs of pregnant women. Carrying a baby puts a great deal of stress on your body and may even affect your body mechanics. Prenatal chiropractic care can be used to minimize your risk for developing uncomfortable systems or to address any nerve-related problems that occur during pregnancy.
For our prenatal chiropractic care services, we recommend treatments that address the symptoms that are common amongst pregnant women. We may also be able to help with symptoms that you experienced before your pregnancy.
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help During Pregnancy?
Pregnancy changes the way that you move, sit, stand and lay down, and these changes place new stressors on your bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues. You may notice that your posture changes and that you curve your back more to accommodate the extra size in your abdominal area. You may also adapt to pregnancy by changing the position you use when sitting and sleeping. These adaptations affect your spinal alignment, as well as the pelvic area and lower body. These changes will ultimately affect your nerves and possibly lead to a range of symptoms, such as:
- Acute or dull pain
- Loss of sensation
- Limited mobility and range of motion
- Weakness in the muscles
- Problems with balance
- Emotional issues
Pregnancy should be a joyful time in your life, and prenatal chiropractic care helps you stay healthy and feeling good.
How Will Prenatal Chiropractic Care Affect My Baby?
The chiropractic techniques that we use for prenatal care are adapted to meet the unique needs of a pregnant woman’s body. We do not put any direct pressure on your abdomen or the baby. We have worked with many pregnant women, and they all are grateful for the health improvements they achieve with prenatal chiropractic care.
Will I Still Need Chiropractic Treatment After My Baby is Born?
You may benefit from chiropractic care after pregnancy. After your baby is born, your musculoskeletal system will change once again. You quickly reduce the amount of weight that you carry on your body, and you will continue to lose “baby fat” over the first year or longer. New mothers also carry their babies, and this can affect your body mechanics. We may recommend that you continue with chiropractic care until your child is able to walk.
What Steps Can I Take at Home to Manage My Pain?
At-home care is essential to maximizing the benefits of your prenatal chiropractic care. We will provide you with information about safe exercises and stretches that you can do at home. We may also recommend changes to your body mechanics, such as how to sit, stand and lay down using good posture.
Prenatal chiropractic care may prevent and reduce common symptoms that occur during pregnancy, such as back pain, leg pain and limited mobility. To learn more about our prenatal chiropractic care, contact us today to schedule a personal consultation.