Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?

What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
If you have questions about what are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, our team of experts at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver can sit down with you and discuss how it may help you. Even better, come in for care and let us provide relief from common pregnancy issues like back pain, as well as potentially help to reduce your labor and delivery time.

During pregnancy, your body goes through a lot of changes.

At the beginning and at the end of your pregnancy your body will increase its production of the hormone relaxin. This hormone is important because it lubricates joints, tendons, and ligaments, which lets them be more flexible as your body prepares for giving birth. An increased production of relaxin helps the pelvis open for birth, but it can also create back pain for you. Sometimes the pain even radiates down your legs.

If you are feeling back pain, that’s when chiropractic care during pregnancy can help you. As we mentioned, the increase of the hormone relaxin and your body’s physical changes during pregnancy can cause severe lower back pain, particularly in the later months. The pelvis’ more elastic tendons and ligaments begin to lose some stability as the baby gets bigger. This increased weight in the front of your body and the instability of the pelvis cause an anterior or backward tilt of the pelvis that compresses the lumbar spine.

According to a Pain Doctor article, your lower back is naturally curved, but stress on the piriformis and iliopsoas muscles that support the lower back increases. This causes you to have a sore and stiff lower back and many times you may feel extreme pain even extending down your legs.

As the lower back curve deepens, the upper back starts to curve to compensate for it. This change in your back can make you unsteady and the unbalanced posture can cause you to fall because the center of gravity has shifted and you have a spine that is not supportive.

As most pregnant women know, this unnatural pelvic tilt and spinal alignment can be very painful. In addition, it can actually affect the development of the baby.

In what is called intrauterine constraint, the tilted pelvis can restrict the amount of space available for your baby to grow. Since your baby will move around a lot during your pregnancy, it’s important that your baby is able to move into a head-down position getting ready for birth. A baby who doesn’t have the necessary room may end up in a breech position, headed out with feet first, increasing the chances of a non-elective cesarean section for you.

Our chiropractors can develop a program for you that will help relieve your back pain and make sure your baby has the space needed to grow and to move into the correct birthing position.

So here are the goals for your chiropractic care when you are pregnant.

Room for the baby room to grow.
Chiropractic care when you are pregnant can help correct pelvic alignment to make sure there is enough room for the baby to move and grow.

Prevent a breech position.
It’s reported that approximately 4 percent of all babies present breech at birth. Babies may be in a feet-down position until as late as 37 weeks. The Webster Method, a chiropractic care technique for pregnant women was developed by Larry Webster, D.C., founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). His method has been clinically proven to correct breech presentation in 82 percent of cases. A chiropractor can begin this technique as early as the eighth month for babies who are still in breech position.

Relieves your back pain.
When the baby’s position pulls the entire front part of your body forward, your lower back suffers. Our chiropractor offers regular chiropractic adjustments throughout your pregnancy which will help decompress your lower back and bring your spine back into proper alignment.

Reduce labor and delivery time.
Your baby is definitely worth the pain of labor and delivery but if it could be shortened, that would be welcomed. If you receive chiropractic care while you are pregnant it can help with a quicker delivery and reduce the time you are in pain. With a well-aligned spine, it reduces the amount of nerve compression which helps contractions to be more effective and productive.

Helps the body recover into alignment.
After you give birth, your tendons and ligaments that are elastic and stretched during pregnancy and birth begin to contract and become more rigid. Chiropractors at Chiropractic by Thriveology can help the process of safely bringing your body back into alignment and reduce or eliminate joint pain or discomfort.

Chiropractic care is considered very safe for expectant mothers and babies when the chiropractors are well-trained and experienced. It is important to look for a Webster-trained or certified chiropractor. Dr. Carly Letzt Carney, DC at Chiropractic by Thriveology is certified in Webster in-utero constraint, the breech turning technique.

According to a National Institutes of Health article, chiropractic care is considered safe for pregnant women. There are some women who may benefit more from chiropractic care including:
  • Women with a history of back or pelvic pain from another pregnancy.
  • Women with a history of back injuries, accidents, or falls.
  • Women attempting a vaginal birth after a cesarean section.
  • Women whose pelvis is too small or improperly formed for a vaginal birth.
  • Women who have had a previous breech baby.

It may also benefit you to add some abdominal and back exercises for muscle strengthening and support.

There are some circumstances where chiropractic care for pregnant women should not be done until further medical examinations have been completed. Those include ruptured membranes, premature labor, sudden pelvic pain, cramping, and toxemia. Also, any diagnostic imaging should be avoided if possible during pregnancy.

So what are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy? Chiropractic care can keep your body fit, well-aligned, and free from pain. Our goal is to keep you strong and pain-free during your pregnancy. Our chiropractors at Chiropractic by Thriveology in Denver can help you have the best pregnancy possible. Contact us today to learn more.