Pregnancy is sure to bring on certain triggers related to labor and delivery and sometimes just the thought can bring on anxiety and doubt. The inside of the body and the outside are going through many changes simultaneously. Chiropractic care could be the answer to pregnancy aches and pains.
Through all the changes, it’s important to put the health of you and baby first. Your health begins with being sure your back is healthy, especially while carrying a baby, which automatically adds weight. Your health also begins with you always informing your birth attendant of those new pains and new triggers, leading her or him, in some cases, to refer you to a chiropractor who specializes in body alignment.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy and is quite beneficial for many of the discomforts of pregnancy. The more comfortable your body is, the less stressed out and anxious you and baby are. Certain literature reviews make it clear that chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only safe, but also effective in treating common musculoskeletal symptoms during pregnancy.
So yes, chiropractic care during pregnancy is generally safe. However, it’s always best to speak with your birth attendant because only he or she will know whether any complications you may or may not be experiencing, will be affected or agitated by the chiropractor.
What are the Benefits?
If pregnancy aggravates hip pain, back pain, and increased lower back pain, then chiropractic care can help ease these discomforts. Chiropractic visits during pregnancy help in terms of all the transitioning and shifting of the body, which can cause spinal imbalances and muscle discomfort. Chiropractic care also helps with ensuring that you gain and learn to maintain good posture. Chiropractic benefits Include:
- Helping with balance
- Bringing coordination to the body
- Helps to alleviate muscle discomfort which causes pain
- Realigns bones as they shift
- Help with pregnancy nausea
- Bring comfort to the pregnant body
- Assists in alleviating stress (mentally, physically and emotionally)
It’s important to keep in mind that as the back and hips spread, the bones beneath are shifting and rearranging themselves, automatically leading to uncomfortable imbalances. That’s when adjustments are beneficial to be sure that the pelvis, hip, and back area are ready and in the best and most natural position for labor and delivery.
What Can I Do at Home?
When dealing with back pain during the third trimester it’s safe to use hot and cold compresses as needed. Hot and cold compresses bring quick pain relief while chiropractic care and massage therapy assist you with long-term relief.
Along with hot and cold compresses, it’s important to understand how vital stretching and light exercise such as walking are for you at this time of your pregnancy.
Some doctors will suggest engaging in water gymnastics and other forms of less intense aerobics and exercise that will further help your heart to stay healthy, and your body alert and strengthened for labor.
Why is Stretching Important?
It’s very safe to stretch and stretching is most beneficial when it’s performed daily, in some cases more than once a day. Not only does stretching decrease your level of pregnancy stress but it also helps you to be less stiff and more flexible as you move about throughout the day.
When stretching during pregnancy it’s important to note that you won’t need to be as determined as you would if you weren’t pregnant. In other words,
- Give your muscles time to relax in between reps
- Don’t feel you have to overdo it or hold stretches for any super lengthened amount of time
- Do not bounce
- Do not be tempted to force any stretches especially when you feel discomfort
- Don’t engage in working out without stretching.
The stretching will help ensure that your muscles remain safe and stable.
Dr. Brent Wells, D.C. is the founder of Better Health Chiropractic & Physical Rehab. His practice has treated thousands of patients from different health problems using various services designed to help give you long-lasting relief; such as chiropractic care, physical rehab therapy, and massage therapy in Anchorage, Wasilla, and Juneau.