If you are pregnant, you may be like the majority of women who want to do anything they can to ensure the health of their unborn child and make the pregnancy easier. Besides being in constant touch with their physicians, pregnancy classes and groups, and their families, another option that many women are turning to is chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care can do wonders for your body, whether you are pregnant or not. Primarily responsible to ensure that the body’s alignment is in check by working with the spinal cord, the spine, nerves, bones, and muscles, chiropractors can make sure that the body is working as it should, which in turn makes the pregnancy easier and healthier.
So how do chiropractors help with pregnancies? As it turns out, chiropractors can aid in prenatal, natal, and postnatal stages to make the pregnancy healthier for the mother and child.
The techniques that a chiropractor will use are similar to the ones they use for individuals that are not pregnant. However, chiropractors who are trained and licensed to treat women who are either wanting to get pregnant, are pregnant, or just gave birth will use specialized equipment—notably the bed upon which the patient rests during the session—in order to ensure that no harm comes to the body. Furthermore, they will suggest stretches, activities, and ways to sit to that are safe for a pregnant body to ensure that the body is not harmed during the pregnancy.
During the pregnancy itself, there are numerous things a chiropractor can do to ensure the body stays healthy. The nature of a pregnancy will necessarily cause curves in the back, changes in posture, and a change in the pelvis. All of these can be realigned to more closely fit the non-pregnant body to make sure that there are no lasting effects on the spine or pelvis following the pregnancy. It should be recognized, however, that during the pregnancy itself, alignment can only come as close as possible to the non-pregnant body; it can never be perfectly aligned.
Chiropractic care is all about alignment and balance between the spinal cord, the nerves, bones, and muscles of the body. Pregnancy causes major changes in this alignment and balance and when you want to ensure that the body is working correctly during pregnancy, a chiropractor can help. Finally, for those who are concerned about chiropractic care possibly harming the body rather than helping it, numerous studies have been conducted that have concluded that chiropractic care can truly help, rather than hinder, a pregnancy.