When a woman is pregnant, there are a number of hormonal and physical changes occuring in her body. Some of these carry an impact on posture and some affect the level of comfort she is experiencing. As the fetus becomes larger, the body begins to adapt to the extra weight being carried in the abdomen. Muscles compensate to handle the extra weight and the spine typically endures more pressure as the posture begins to change. This pressure can often result in a misaligned spine or joints.
In addition to these complications, changes to the pelvis may also begin as the body prepares for labor. A pelvis that is out of alignment during pregnancy may restrict the amount of space available to the developing baby. When an external force such as a constricted area obstructs the baby’s normal movements it is known as an “intrauterine constraint,” which can lead to birth defects. A misaligned pelvis during pregnancy may also cause issues during delivery by causing the baby to move into a breech or posterior position. Chiropractic care can be utilized in balancing the pelvis and aligning the spine and joints to relieve discomfort and lessen labor complications.
One major issue affiliated with pain or discomfort during pregnancy is the prescription or use of drugs to help lessen stress, pain or tension. Drugs, whether over-the-counter or prescription, can harm the growing fetus. It is important to consider every drug harmful during this crucial time of development. Almost all types of drugs and/or medications have been linked to malformations or fetal damage. Aside from the more well known dangerous drugs (Cigarettes, alcohol, antibiotics, aspirin, marijuana and cocaine), cough syrup or cold and flu medications have also been linked to fetal damage and miscarriage. Chiropractic care is a drugless healthcare system that helps to alleviate pain and discomfort, making it easier to avoid drugs during this time.
One common concern of chiropractic during pregnancy is the level of safety involved while the abdomen is enlarged by the growing fetus. The answer is that it is very safe for both the mother and baby. Chiropractors are trained in adjusting the spines of pregnant women and use adjusting tables that have special modifications which are accommodated for the body of pregnant women. Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps ensure that all body systems, especially the reproductive system including the ovaries, uterus and other related organs function properly by clearing the body of nerve interference and allowing the nervous system to communicate optimally. The nerve interference is diminished by the correction of any spinal distortions or imbalances known as vertebral subluxations. Once corrected with a spinal adjustment, the body is able to communicate properly and relieve tension to muscles and joints causing less pain and discomfort for a mother-to-be.