by Dr. Nicole Murphy
Did you know that in the United States, more babies are born in September that any other month? In that spirit, I’d like to take a moment to talk about chiropractic care and pregnancy. Many women don’t realize that they can still get adjusted during pregnancy. In fact, it can make your pregnancy a lot easier!
Too often I find that people assume that back pain during pregnancy is inevitable. Since they can’t take many medications, too many women just live with the pain. Keeping the spine moving and the muscles strong throughout pregnancy is key to keeping the back pain at bay. A woman’s posture changes considerably--and quickly--when she is pregnant. The weight of the baby in front increases the low back curve, putting more stress on the back. At the same time the abdominal muscles are changing to make space, and leaving the task of holding the body upright primarily to the back muscles. These muscles often become sore, tight, and tired due to overuse. The head tilts forward to counterbalance, which causes tightness in the base of the neck and in the shoulders.
This is where chiropractic comes in, making sure the joints are moving, lowering stress on the back, and decreasing pain. Another excellent reason to seek chiropractic care during pregnancy is that women who are regularly adjusted during their pregnancy are more likely to have a head-down baby. This is important to women who are focused on natural childbirth. The uterus is attached to the pelvis in three different places, and if the pelvis is not in the correct position, it can affect the amount of room the baby has to be able to move into the proper position for the birth process. The most notable (and arguably most worthwhile) reason to get prenatal adjustments, is that women who do so have faster, easier labor. Pushing time can be decreased by up to 31%!
So if you’re pregnant, and have been wondering if you should get adjusted--even if you don’t have pain--the answer is yes! Prenatal chiropractic care is an important part of maintaining your health during pregnancy, and it’s a great way to ensure your baby gets a healthy start too!