Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, but it can also come with its challenges. Many women experience discomfort, pain, and other symptoms during pregnancy, which can be difficult to manage. Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek offers a safe and effective way to alleviate these symptoms and promote a healthy pregnancy. Here are six ways that chiropractic care can benefit you during pregnancy:
1. Relieve Back Pain
Back pain is a common symptom of pregnancy, affecting up to 70% of pregnant women. As the baby grows and the uterus expands, it can put pressure on the lower back, causing pain and discomfort. Chiropractic care can help alleviate back pain by adjusting the spine and promoting proper alignment. This can help reduce pressure on the nerves and improve overall function, helping you feel more comfortable during pregnancy.
Our chiropractors use a variety of techniques to relieve back pain during pregnancy, such as spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercises to improve posture and strengthen the core. They can also offer advice on ergonomics and lifestyle changes to help reduce the risk of back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can offer a safe and effective way to manage back pain during pregnancy without the use of medication, which can be harmful to the developing fetus.
2. Improve Pelvic Alignment
Pelvic alignment is crucial during pregnancy, as it can affect the baby’s position and the ease of delivery. As the uterus expands, it can put pressure on the pelvic bones, causing misalignments that can lead to complications during delivery. Innovative Chiropractic can help improve pelvic alignment by using gentle adjustments to realign the bones and reduce pressure on the nerves. This can help reduce the risk of complications during delivery and promote a smoother, safer birth.
Our chiropractors can also offer advice on exercises and stretches to help maintain pelvic alignment during pregnancy. This can include pelvic tilts, Kegels, and stretches to relieve tension in the hips and lower back. By working with a chiropractor during pregnancy, you can help ensure proper pelvic alignment and reduce the risk of complications during delivery.
3. Decrease Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester. These symptoms can be caused by hormonal changes, stress, and other factors. Chiropractic care can help alleviate these symptoms by improving nerve function and reducing stress on the body. By using gentle adjustments to realign the spine and reduce nerve interference, our chiropractors can help promote proper digestion and reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting.
Our chiropractors can also offer advice on nutrition and lifestyle changes to help manage nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. This can include dietary changes, stress reduction techniques, and other strategies to promote overall health and wellness.
4. Boost Immune Function
Chiropractic care can help boost the immune system during pregnancy. When the spine is misaligned, it can interfere with the nervous system, which can lead to a weakened immune system. By restoring proper alignment to the spine, chiropractic care can help improve nervous system function, which can in turn boost the immune system.
Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to illness due to the changes that occur in their immune system during pregnancy. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help keep the immune system strong and healthy, reducing the likelihood of illness and infection.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health found that pregnant women who received chiropractic care had a 39% decrease in the number of acute illnesses, as well as a 31% reduction in the number of missed work days. This study suggests that chiropractic care during pregnancy can help boost the immune system, leading to better health outcomes for both the mother and baby.
5. Reducing Labor and Delivery Time
Chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the time of labor and delivery for pregnant women. When the pelvis is not properly aligned, it can cause problems during labor and delivery. By aligning the pelvis, our chiropractors can help ensure that the baby is in the correct position for delivery. Additionally, they can help reduce the need for interventions during delivery, such as forceps or vacuum extraction.
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that first-time mothers who received chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy had a 25% reduction in the average labor time, while women who had had previous deliveries saw a reduction of 31%. This is because chiropractic care can help create a more efficient birth canal, making it easier for the baby to move through the birth canal.
6. Postpartum Recovery
Chiropractic care is not just for during pregnancy, it can also be beneficial in the postpartum period. After giving birth, the body is still going through a lot of changes and healing processes. Chiropractic care can help the body heal faster and recover more efficiently.
One common postpartum issue is diastasis recti, which is the separation of the abdominal muscles. Our chiropractors can help address this issue by using techniques to realign the pelvis and spine, which can help the abdominal muscles come back together. Additionally, they can help with issues such as back pain, headaches, and fatigue that may occur during the postpartum period.
Chiropractic Care for a Healthy Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be challenging for the body. Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek can help support the body during this time by addressing common issues such as back pain, nausea, and headaches. Additionally, chiropractic care can help ensure that the baby is in the correct position for delivery, reducing the time of labor and delivery. Finally, chiropractic care can help the body recover more efficiently in the postpartum period. If you are pregnant, consider visiting Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek to see how we can help support you and your baby during this special time.