Pregnancy is a unique time, when you may have more aches, pains, and discomfort than usual, and at the same time be more inclined to avoid the medications you might normally treat them with. Luckily chiropractic care is a great resource during pregnancy, because it involves no pharmaceuticals, no invasive procedures, and can relieve a wide range of symptoms.
Some commonly experienced pregnancy symptoms include:
Nausea and morning sickness are extremely common, especially during the first trimester. This is thought to be directly tied to the HCG hormone, or “pregnancy hormone” and is often regarded as a sign of healthy pregnancy.
If your nausea or morning sickness is caused by a misalignment of vertebrae, a chiropractic adjustment can solve this for you. Not everyone’s nausea can be traced to an out-of-alignment spine, but it may work for you, and is much lower risk than other remedies you may try.
During pregnancy, the body produces more of the hormone relaxin, which softens the ligaments and cartilage. This is very helpful for the birthing process, but can also lead to twisted ankles, painful knees, sore shoulders and more. Injury risk increases because of the combination of high relaxin levels and changes in the joints, increased body weight, and a change in your center of gravity. All these changes often make pregnancy a clumsy, less graceful, and more injury prone time.
Even without injury your joints may become painful, especially your back, hips, and pelvis. A chiropractor trained to work with pregnant clients will be able to help treat and prevent injury and give you safe stretches or exercises you can do at home.
There are many contributing factors to back pain in pregnancy, especially in the lower back. Changes in your weight, center of gravity, and hormone levels result in an increased back curve, pelvic changes, and postural adaptations. Chiropractic care can help restore the healthiest alignment for you during pregnancy and after, as your body changes.
To set an appointment to be seen by an experienced Chiropractor who is qualified to treat pregnant patients, contact us today.