Importance of Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy and Birth

pregnancy chiropractic carePregnancy comes with a barrage of problems such as nausea, vomiting, back pain, swollen legs among other things. The intensity of these problems varies from one pregnancy to another. Chiropractic care can help to relieve these symptoms and make pregnancy a much more enjoyable experience. Even if you are not in discomfort, visiting a chiro during pregnancy is advisable maintain proper spine and pelvis alignment.

Regular chiropractic care is important for a comfortable pregnancy and delivery. The nervous system controls the entire body and it adapts to the changes of pregnancy to preserve health and well-being. The problem results when the vertebral subluxation that occurs during pregnancy interferes with the nervous system’s communication with the body. This causes the following problems that are manageable with chiropractic care:

Body imbalance

A subluxation in the atlas can cause a chain reaction down your spine; it can cause your head to tilt to one side, bending in of the lower cervical spine in the opposite side of the head tilt and bending of the thoracic spine in the opposite side. This will cause the lumbar spine to bend in drawing up the pelvis to one side and making one leg appear shorter, hence the limping or awkward gait during pregnancy.  You will experience an uneven distribution of weight on the knee and ankle joints making it painful to walk. The poor alignment of the pelvis can lead to problematic childbirth. Chiropractic care ensures proper alignment of the spine to avoid all these problems.

Nerve pressure and tension

With this chain reaction of problems along the spine, the spine may become very tight and inflamed in the places of misalignment. The nerves from your spine lead to organs and muscles in the body and stress in the nerves can lead to degeneration of these body organs and muscles, which is dangerous for your pregnancy.

Brain stem tension

Subluxation in the atlas causes a narrowing of the spinal canal and an increase of pressure within it. The brain stem located just over the atlas is bound to suffer from this stress. A decrease in brain stem function due to this pressure can be quite dangerous to your health since it controls various brain processes.

Chiropractic care will ensure proper spine health to avoid these serious health complications. Without any pressure on the nerves, your body systems will also be able to function efficiently for your pregnancy. Learn more about other chiropractic treatments through our blog posts!