Not only is it safe to visit a chiropractor during your pregnancy, it’s highly beneficial.
Potential benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments are:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
Getting regular adjustments during your pregnancy is a great way to relieve the added stress on your spine that comes along with the baby weight. It can also prevent sciatica, the painful inflammation of the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back down through your legs and to your feet. It’s also important to maintain pelvic balance, which is often thrown off as your belly grows and your posture changes.
When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as C-section.
During the course of your pregnancy, your body produces the hormone Relaxin, which causes pelvic and cervical expansion and relaxation. This hormone not only softens the ligaments in the body related to the birthing process, but actually softens the ligaments throughout the entire body, creating the prime opportunity for corrective therapy involving the spine, posture, and biomechanics. Read more about the Relaxin Pregnancy.