Pregnancy is the magical, stressful, exciting, emotional, and (sometimes) painful experience that makes nine months feel like nine years. The way a woman feels during pregnancy varies. From the moment that test shows “positive”, there is no way to predict what will unfold.
For instance, a woman might feel great during her first pregnancy and awful during her third, and vise-versa. Or, a woman’s sister had extreme nausea, yet she herself had no morning sickness but experienced severe sciatica nerve pain. The kind that takes your breath away.
Unfortunately, it is common to feel an assortment of aches, stiffness, and tenderness in the lower back and hips (among other places.) According to Dr. Neel Anand, M.D., approximately 50-70% of pregnant women will experience back pain during pregnancy (healthnews.com)
Why is growing a human so uncomfortable? Here are just some of the reasons:
The good news? Visiting a chiropractor can provide relief.Here are 4 benefits to visiting a chiropractor while pregnant:
Unlike medications that may be unsafe for your developing baby or invasive surgery, chiropractic care is generally safe for the pregnant women. Complications from visiting a chiropractor while pregnant are extremely uncommon. In fact, many OBGYNs and Midwives around the country recommend that their pregnant patients see a chiropractor as a form of pain management from spinal and nerve stress.
A caring chiropractor, like Dr. Darrell, can also teach you effective stretches. They can also educate you about what is happening to your spine and joints during your pregnancy. An experienced chiropractor will work with you to find ways to manage your pain throughout all stages of pregnancy.
One study showed that 75% of pregnant patients who received chiropractic care reported pain relief in areas such as the back, hips, joints, and neck. (healthnews.com) Seeking chiropractic care during pregnancy can also reduce nausea and headaches, and lead to better overall comfort and health. Additionally, evidence points to an easier, shorter delivery.
A pelvis that is out of alignment can reduce the area a baby can grow. Unfortunately, this leads to possible birth defects and complications. In addition, a misaligned pelvis can cause problems during labor and delivery. Baby might have a difficult time getting into the best position (rear-facing and head down) causing complications, like C-sections. Using the well-regarded Webster technique, your Chiropractor can balance your pelvis to reduce stress to your uterus. Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends pregnant women receive chiropractic care to create pelvic balance and improve the room baby has for development.