Chiropractic care offers many benefits to pregnant women and to women who have recently given birth. But many women wonder how early to start seeing a chiropractor during their pregnancy and what the specific benefits are. It’s a fact that about 50 percent of all women experience back pain in the months leading up to birth. In most cases, the pain is caused by postural and hormonal changes as well as weight gain.
In addition to relieving back pain, chiropractic treatment can directly result in shorter labor. Along with chiropractic care, women can decrease labor length by walking every day, eating a balanced diet, and sticking to a simple exercise routine. So, what are some of the key facts that women should know about if they want to minimize bodily pain while pregnant and increase the chance that they’ll have short labor? For women who want to have a short labor, there are several things that doctors recommend, including the following:
- Get Chiropractic Treatment Throughout Pregnancy and After Not only is chiropractic care a smart way to shorten labor and reduce bodily pain during pregnancy but it’s a great way to get your body back to optimum health after your delivery. Women who regularly see a chiropractor after they give birth don’t have to worry about postural problems that often linger once a woman has her baby. Getting the body back to its natural, healthy, post-pregnancy state is something chiropractors are specially trained to do.
- Exercise Every Day (in addition to walking) You need not become an enthusiast or go overboard with working out. The point is to keep the body healthy and strong during pregnancy.
- Stay Socially Connected It’s best not to isolate yourself during pregnancy, and some women have found that the more socially active they were, the shorter their labor was. In any case, it’s a good idea to have emotional support not just at the time of birth but throughout your pregnancy. This means staying connected with friends, relatives, and immediate family members.
- Get Enough Rest Proper rest does the body a world of good. One reason chiropractic offers so many benefits to pregnant women is related to its ability to reduce pain. When your back, neck, legs, and shoulders don’t hurt as much during pregnancy, you’re more apt to sleep more deeply and for a longer time each night. When it comes time to deliver, your body will be in a better state than if you’d suffered innumerable sleepless nights in the prior weeks.
- Eat a Balanced Diet Good advice anytime but especially when you’re “eating for two.” Many pregnant women tend to eat too little or don’t focus on consuming nutritious meals. One of the keys to having short labor is eating a balanced diet in the months before delivery.
- Drink Enough Water Medical professionals are always advising patients to drink more water. This advice is doubly important for pregnant women, especially those who live in dry climates. Some doctors go so far as to tell women to use written notes or phone apps to remind themselves to drink water throughout the day.
- Establish a Daily Walking Routine Walking is one of the best all-around forms of exercise because it works most of the major muscle groups, burns a moderate number of calories, and helps the cardiovascular system stay strong. Pregnant women who want short labor are often told by their doctors to walk every day, even if only for a few minutes at a time.
Of course, the first word of advice is to schedule a session with your chiropractor as soon as you learn you are pregnant. You won’t need a referral and you can rely on the safety and efficacy of chiropractic care while you are pregnant because all licensed chiropractic doctors are qualified to treat pregnant women. In fact, Dr. Andrea Moses specializes in this kind of care.
If you want to decrease the length of labor and related back pain, consider the following facts:
- Chiropractic care helps relieve joint pain during pregnancy, research shows, and receiving adjustments while pregnant is completely safe.
- Chiropractic adjustments are just one of the ways that pregnant women can get pain relief during the months before birth. Pelvic adjustments are among the key techniques chiropractors use to reduce pain and increase the general comfort level for expectant mothers.
- About 90 percent of all pregnant women suffer from some degree of back pain before giving birth.
- You won’t need a referral to see a chiropractor, and many women regularly see both their OB/GYN and their chiropractor while pregnant.
- Many of the natural changes that take place in the body during pregnancy lead to back pain, like hip expansion, weight gain, and various muscular changes. Chiropractic care is uniquely qualified to address concerns like these because the root causes of pregnancy-related pain involve alterations of postural alignment.
- It’s completely safe to see a chiropractor throughout your whole pregnancy, but be careful if you have any contraindications like sudden pelvic pain, cramping, an ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding, premature labor, or amniotic membranes that are ruptured.
- Some of the other benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, in addition to shorter labor and decreased back pain, including a generally healthier pregnancy, decreased bouts of nausea, pain relief in the hips, decreased pain in all bodily joints. less neck pain.
What If You Don’t Already Have a Chiropractor?
If you currently see a chiropractor, be sure to continue with your regular visits during pregnancy. If you currently do not see a chiropractor, consider finding one near you so that you can lessen many pregnancy-related aches and pains and have a greater chance for a short labor.
As soon as you find out you are pregnant, contact one of the team members at Spinal Health and Wellness to schedule an exam and start getting the chiropractic care you need. Not only will you be able to shorten your labor and decrease the common back pain that comes with pregnancy, but you’ll also be able to get your body in good shape and enjoy the many other benefits that come with regular chiropractic care. Remember that it’s not just the third trimester when you’ll need chiropractic treatment, but during your entire pregnancy. The sooner you begin treatment, the less pain you’ll have and the better you’ll feel before, during, and after the birth of your child.
Contact Dr. Andrea Moses today and start focusing on feeling good, healthy, and positive as you get ready for successful childbirth. There’s no reason to let pain dictate your attitude, deprive you of sleep, and otherwise interfere in one of life’s greatest joys, giving birth. We look forward to speaking with you and answering any questions you have about chiropractic treatment.