Chiropractic care is an integral part of prenatal and postpartum care. It helps keep a pregnant mom feeling good and assists her in coping with the physical stresses of an ever-changing body.
As women transition through their pregnancy, there is an increase in elasticity of connective tissues, which are the ligaments and muscles in your body. This is produced by a hormone called Relaxin and allows the ligaments of the pelvis to relax in order to accommodate the growing baby and the cervix to soften and widen in preparation for delivery. It creates more overall joint laxity and could increase stress on joints. As a side effect, the joints of the spine and pelvis can become unstable and susceptible to misalignment. Other common mechanical and neurological symptoms that can occur during pregnancy include but not limited to; sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pain, pubic symphysis pain “lightning crotch”, low back pain, sciatica, pain at the coccyx (tailbone), round ligament pain, leg cramps, postural and joint dysfunction, headaches, nausea and carpal tunnel syndrome aggravated by the fluid retention seen during pregnancy.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
In the mother:
- Restore optimal pelvis and spinal alignment for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments
- Removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the woman’s uterus
- Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and functions, i.e controlling symptoms of nausea
- By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention, i.e potential caesarean delivery
- Reduce labour and delivery time
To the infant:
- Reduces interference to the mother’s nerve system allowing for better baby development
- Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures
- Offers the baby the room to move into the best possible position for birth
- With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in dystocia and the resulting birth trauma caused by interventions
For more information or questions contact one of our chiropractic practitioners