Friday, February 1, 2013

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Taking advantage of chiropractic care while you are pregnant can offer you many benefits. There is no indication that seeing a chiropractor is unsafe, in fact doctors agree it can be helpful. Pregnant women often have trouble sleeping and suffer from stress and anxiety for obvious reasons. Seeking chiropractic care while you are pregnant is a good way to learn healthy techniques for releasing tension and feeling better. Your entire body is adjusting to your new weight as well as the strain the baby is putting on your muscles, bones and organs. Your posture and balance have been affected by your pregnancy, as well as your spine and the curve of your back. A chiropractor can offer stretches and exercise that will help you feel more comfortable throughout your pregnancy.

There are a number of chiropractors who specialize in prenatal treatment. If you work with such a specialist, you can count on tables that accommodate your body as well as special attention to your pregnant condition. It’s important not to put any pressure on your abdomen while you are pregnant, as well as to avoid pressure points on your body that could trigger preterm labor. A qualified chiropractor has been trained in prenatal techniques and can serve you without putting you or your baby at risk.

The American Pregnancy Association recommends chiropractic care to establish pelvic balance and alignment. If the pelvis is not aligned properly, there will not be enough room for the baby to make its exit. If you are hoping for a natural, non-invasive birth, getting regular chiropractic care during your pregnancy is essential.

Keeping your spine aligned is also a benefit of getting chiropractic care while you are pregnant. Spine alignments work with the nervous system to help it communicate better with your entire body, including your reproductive organs. When your entire body is working well, your pregnancy, labor and delivery will be easier for you to manage.

Working with a chiropractor during your pregnancy can assure you of a healthier pregnancy overall. It can also help you control some of the common symptoms of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, heartburn and nausea. Any joint pain or pain in your neck, back and shoulders can also be relieved. Women who see chiropractors often report a smoother labor, and it’s helpful in preventing inductions and cesarean sections.

In addition to seeking chiropractic care, consider getting regular prenatal massages. You will want to be massaged by someone who has taken special classes in prenatal technique. You should always lie on your side when getting a prenatal massage. While there are massage tables build to accommodate a pregnant woman’s belly, these can still put unnecessary strain on the uterus. Your masseuse should also avoid your abdomen and never apply any pressure there. Getting a massage throughout your pregnancy can help you relax, sleep well and feel better. It will also give you the down time you need to quietly focus your mind on keeping your body healthy and preparing for childbirth.

This post was written for Hands of Gold Chiropractic by Dr. David Kulla. Dr. Kulla is a licensed New York City chiropractor who runs Synergy Wellness in Manhattan.