Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy in Shakopee
While pregnancy marks an extraordinary time in a woman’s life, it often leads to dramatic changes in posture and spinal function. Many of these changes can be physically seen but many cannot. In this post, Shakopee, MN chiropractor, Dr. Sylvester, discusses the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Initially, pregnant women experience hormonal changes, possible morning sickness, and bizarre food cravings. Next is more of the physical changes, inside and outside the body. A hormone called relaxin is released in overload during pregnancy to help loosen your joints to accommodate the expansion needed for a growing baby and prepare you for childbirth. While this is beneficial and necessary, relaxin also loosens other joints throughout the body which can result in misalignment and discomfort. This is where chiropractic can play a vital role during pregnancy.
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy. Misalignment in joints and the spine can lead to poor posture, protruding abdomen (more than needed), pelvic changes and an increased lower back curve. The pelvic area tends to see the biggest shifts and while necessary also makes the pelvic bones very unstable. Pelvic balance and alignment may be the most important role chiropractic treatment play during pregnancy. Not only is it uncomfortable to have your pelvis misaligned but it also causes restriction on the developing baby. The amount of room in the uterus can decrease making it difficult for the baby to turn out of breech position. While the breech position is normal throughout pregnancy, around 37 weeks most physicians would like to see the baby turning.
Your experienced Shakopee chiropractor can establish pelvic balance for you and give the baby optimal room for development throughout your pregnancy. When the baby is in optimal position this results in an easier, safer, more pleasant delivery for both mother and child.
Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy and Labor
Shorter Labors – First-time mothers receiving chiropractic care averaged 24% shorter labor times than women receiving no chiropractic care. Also, compared to the controlled group, women who had previous children enjoyed 39% shorter labors.
Postural Changes – Many moms-to-be battle an exaggerated lower back curve which is accompanied by back pain. Chiropractic care can help keep the spine and neck in alignment which reduces stress surrounding the spine.
Preventing Cesarean Delivery – Keeping the pelvis in alignment through chiropractic treatment helps give the developing child room to move and turn themselves out of breech position. Breech position can be delivered naturally but many times results in a C-section to avoid complications.
Healthy Pregnancy – The more comfortable you are every day the less stress and pain you put on your body and your child. Chiropractic treatment can alleviate pain many pregnant women experience.
Chiropractic care can help your body function at its best during pregnancy. Consult with Sylvester Family Chiropractic of Shakopee, MN on how you can start improving your overall pregnancy health.
July 10, 2017