Expecting the birth of a child is such a special and unique time in one’s life. The excitement, emotion and joy of the wait can be one of the most special times in a mother’s life. The emotional changes that most women experience during pregnancy are well documented. But, emotions are not the only factor changing during a pregnancy. The woman’s body will undergo a series of remarkable changes during pregnancy. Some of the changes will ease the physical strain of childbirth, while others will cause pain and discomfort. It is important to understand that pregnancy is designed to be the healthiest time in a woman’s life, the natural occurrence that should not cause any undue stress or trauma. That is not always the case.
It is no secret that pregnancy can be a stressful time both mentally and physically. With all of the changes to the human body during these nine months, it is completely understandable and normal for the expecting mother to develop many new and foreign discomforts. So how can chiropractic care help alleviate some of the pain and discomfort of pregnancy?
Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby's body gains the most weight. Chiropractic care in pregnancy is an important choice in an effort to maintain the appropriate balance of the spine. In fact, pregnant woman usually will exaggerate or amplify any preexisting imbalances in the spine due to the ever changing body. When these discomforts set in, it truly makes any normal or daily routine a difficult process. With consistent chiropractic care, specific adjustments help eliminate stress on the spine. Over time, these discomforts will be minimized, if not eliminated, by careful and regular chiropractic care.
While back pain is the main reason pregnant women will visit the chiropractor, it is certainly not the only reason. Bell’s palsy is another symptom that some expectant mothers experience. A common cause of Bell’s palsy is a subluxation in the cervical spine (neck), the result of changes that occurred during pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments will help this condition heal quickly and more completely. One in five pregnant women will experience carpel tunnel syndrome. Subluxations play a large role in the development of carpel tunnel during a woman’s pregnancy. Finally, headaches are also a very common complaint of many pregnant women. It is said that nearly ninety percent of all headaches are due to spinal problems. Chiropractors specialize in eliminating the pain for both the pregnant mother and unborn baby in a safe, non-invasive manner.
Through the care of a chiropractor, the body chemistry of a pregnant woman will be balanced. This is crucial and vital to the development and growth of the baby. As the chiropractor helps balance out the body’s hormones during pregnancy, it allows for a more healthy and natural pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and are experiencing any back pain, sciatica or spinal discomfort, please call the experts at SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers or click here to set up your first consultation. If you would like to learn some very valuable and helpful tips for treating back pain during pregnancy, please click here.