When you’re pregnant, your body goes through a range of endocrinological and physiological changes that affect the alignment of your spine and pelvis. Loosened ligaments, a lower center of gravity, and extra baby weight can all cause added stress on your body. Besides being painful and uncomfortable, these common challenges can complicate your baby’s birth. But with chiropractic care before, during, and after your pregnancy, you can increase your chances of a better delivery and a less painful life once pregnancy is over.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
This is the million-dollar question that most pregnant people ask us about chiropractic care. We get it – you wouldn’t do anything to harm your new baby. But you also want to ensure you’re taking all the necessary steps for a healthy pregnancy. The good news is that chiropractic care is perfectly safe for pregnant women. In fact, no known contraindications exist that would prevent you from getting adjusted during pregnancy.
At Denville Medical, all of our chiropractors are highly trained and capable of working with women who are pregnant. The truth is, we love working with pregnant people and find that personalized chiropractic care can actually help you achieve a safer pregnancy.
Some basic benefits of seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy before, during, and after pregnancy can include the following:
- Reduced Labor and Delivery Time
- Reduced Back, Joint, and Neck Pain
- Lowered Preterm Delivery Risk
- Less Need for Pain Meds During and After Pregnancy
Though those benefits are undoubtedly great, prenatal chiropractic care is extra effective for making your delivery as easy as possible. To do so, our chiropractors help to restore your pelvic balance and maximize the amount of room in your womb for your baby to grow and be born.
Restoring Pelvic Balance During Pregnancy
When you become pregnant, nearly every aspect of your life changes, from your hormonal balance to the way you sleep, eat, and walk. Oftentimes, when you have been pregnant for several months, you can suffer from painful symptoms due to the added weight of your baby. One of these symptoms is a misaligned pelvis.
When your pelvis is misaligned, it can reduce the room your baby has to develop. It’s called intrauterine constraint, and it’s not an uncommon experience for a pregnant woman. A misaligned pelvis can also make it harder for your new child to get into the best position possible when it’s time for the baby to be born. When your baby is in a less-than-ideal position to be born, it can lead to complications and can disrupt the natural labor process, resulting in c-sections and other undesirable interventions.
Fortunately, care from an experienced chiropractor can help alleviate postural discomfort and can prepare you for an easier birth by restoring the balance of your pelvis.
What Chiropractic Techniques Are Used During Pregnancy?
While many common chiropractic strategies and techniques can be used to care for pregnant women, a man named Larry Webster, D.C., developed a specific adjustment that realigns a pregnant woman’s pelvis. This technique, called The Webster Technique, reduces unnecessary stress on the uterus and the ligaments that support it.
This technique has been clinically shown to provide optimal fetal positioning for pregnant women. It can also help your baby have a better chance of moving into the best birth position when it’s time for arrival. By having your baby in an optimal birthing position, you can reduce the chances of breeching issues and dystocia.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care from Denville Medical
More and more women around the country are waking up to the benefits of chiropractic care before, during, and after pregnancy. If you’re thinking about getting adjusted while you’re pregnant, it’s crucial for you to speak with a professional first.
At Denville Medical, our goal is to work together as a team to get you the maximum medical benefit for you and your baby. In order to determine the most appropriate chiropractic technique and treatment, our chiropractors will perform an evaluation to dig deep into your condition, medical history, previous treatment, diagnostic tests, and, most of all, your goals. This way, you can rest easy knowing you and your baby are in capable, confident hands.
Contact our office today to learn more about our chiropractic team and how we can help optimize your upcoming baby’s birth.