Being pregnant, especially being pregnant for the first time, can be quite a journey. From the get-go, you may start to feel changes in your body, such as breast tenderness, face swelling, and fatigue. As your pregnancy progresses and your belly starts to grow, you might notice your center of gravity change, your balance becomes affected, your back starts to hurt, you might start feeling sciatic pain, you feel uncomfortable, acid reflux may set in as well as the pesky shortness of breath…
It truly is no news that pregnancy involves a lot of changes to your body in a relatively short amount of time, but what is news to a lot of women is the fact that with consistent chiropractic care there is a lot that you can do to enjoy your pregnancy and prepare your body for birth
Our San Diego Chiropractor can provide much more help outside of care, than you might initially think!
There’s a number of helpful tips, recommendations or referrals that we can provide, so never hesitate to ask if you have any questions on topics such as:
· Safely exercising during pregnancy
· Pelvic floor exercises
· Breech exercises
· Pregnancy belts and pillows
· Prenatal vitamins
· What to look for in your pregnancy team
· Lactation consultants
…and much, much more!
Pregnancy is a continuous process of hormonal fluctuations and physical changes that place a toll on your posture and cause pain. Additionally, the size of your growing baby is constantly increasing, which gradually shifts your center of gravity. This will have some negative consequences on your pelvic muscles. Pregnancy chiropractic care can help relieve these aches. Our expert chiropractic team will use various gentle techniques that take into consideration your anatomy, growing baby, and initial complaints.
Doing this will alleviate the need to take any medications that could potentially place your baby in jeopardy. According to one large study, scientists found that ¾ of pregnant women who try chiropractic care experience significant pain relief.
Furthermore, working on adjusting your center of gravity will help you feel energized and at ease during the rest of your journey.
Your prenatal chiropractor in San Diego will ensure that your spine is aligned, then work on your muscles, joints, and ligaments to increase their stability. After a few sessions, you will notice a drastic change in your symptoms, including low back pain, headaches, round ligament pain and general discomfort. In addition to relieving your pain, chiropractic care will also lower the risk of any musculoskeletal injuries, which is super important for pregnant women and a healthy pregnancy.
One of the cardinal signs of being pregnant is the constant feeling of nausea or morning sickness. Fortunately, chiropractic treatment can help temper down morning sickness and help you feel better. If your nausea or morning sickness becomes insupportable despite chiropractic care and medications, make sure to mention that to your doctor on your next prenatal care visit.
As you may know, if your baby is presenting in a breech position, vaginal delivery is not an option. In this case, your doctor will recommend a C-section, especially if the breech is only discovered during your delivery day. Fortunately, there is a method known as Webster’s technique, which stabilizes the sacrum and modifies fetal positioning. To perform this technique, you need to consult with a prenatal chiropractor who is trained in Webster’s Technique. However, you do not have to look far since all of our chiropractors are trained in Webster technique.
According to studies, women who receive chiropractic care during their pregnancy will have shorter labor durations. The exact numbers lay between a 25% to a 31% shorter duration. Experts believe this is the result of the improved alignment of the pelvic organs and optimal positioning of the baby to decrease the intrauterine pressure and allow the baby to get through the birth canal more easily.
While this benefit may be a bit beyond the scope of prenatal care, postpartum bleeding and pain are common complications that often reflect the quality of prenatal care. Seeing a chiropractor before delivering your baby will smooth out labor and lower the risk of complications. Moreover, many new moms complain of backaches and neck pain when they breastfeed their children. In this case, chiropractic care can help you even after your baby is born by making sure your body is performing at the optimal level.