Physical and emotional stress occur naturally throughout the normal and natural process of pregnancy. The spine bears the most remarkable load of stress. Pregnancy induces a significant strain on the spine and pelvis. The pelvis rocks forward as the developing fetus increases in size, forcing muscles in the low back to tighten up and the pelvic joints to become dysfunctional. Approximately 75% of pregnant women experience one or more episodes of low back pain due to the added strain.
Many women turn to Chiropractic care as a solution to the search for natural care and remedies that avoid toxic chemicals harmful to the fetus. Chiropractors uniquely specialize in care of the human spine and nervous system. They serve millions of people as the second largest system of health professionals in the world.
Small areas of stiffness and misalignment in the spine and pelvis produce imbalances in the central nervous system. Subluxations and vertebral misalignments create subsequent nervous system interference. These issues may interfere with a mother’s natural ability to carry, labor, and birth her baby. Research shows that regular Chiropractic check-ups and adjustments improve the labor and delivery process (along with producing faster births and a decreased need for drugs and intervention).
Benefits during Pregnancy
A study published in 2012 showed that spinal adjustive care performed on pregnant women resulted in a decreased risk of the following:
- meconium-stained amniotic fluid
- use of forceps during delivery
- likelihood of having a preterm baby
- duration of labor
- blood pressure,
- fluid overload
- sciatica related issues
- low back pain
- carpal tunnel symptoms
So a simple correlation exists between the health of the nervous system and the health of a pregnant mother and child.
Science and research continue to reveal the benefits achieved through regular Chiropractic care for pregnant women. The advantages trace back to the intimate relationship between the spine and the brain. The small spinal misalignments and areas of stiffness (subluxations) negatively influence the brain and increase stress hormones throughout the body. Reducing areas of subluxation restores brain function and lowers stress hormones. Every pregnant woman and mother-to-be deserves the opportunity to understand and experience the benefits of Chiropractic care on their health, pregnancy, and labor.
“Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pregnant women.” Lavelle JM