During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. As the baby grows in size, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward, and the curvature of her lower back is increased, placing extra stress on the spinal disks. In compensation, the normal curvature of the upper spine increases, as well.
This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments and shifting of weight-bearing structures, may cause many pregnant women to experience low back pain. But not to worry, chiropractic care can not only safely relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience but helps normalize nervous system function with special precautions. Using state-of-the-art techniques, a chiropractor will locate, reduce and stabilize the vertebral subluxation complex which can be related to many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy and labor.
Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustment and spinal manipulation can provide relief from the increased low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic manipulation is proven to be safe for the pregnant woman and her baby and can be especially attractive to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating their back pain. Doctors of chiropractic can also offer nutrition, ergonomic, and exercise advice to help a woman enjoy a healthy pregnancy.
Furthermore, patients under chiropractic care report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than those prior to having chiropractic care. So don’t wait to receive chiropractic checkups, for it creates the best opportunity for a healthy and happy baby.