Pregnancy is full of joys, but it also brings some pain and discomfort. You may be worried about getting chiropractic care while pregnant, but for most women it can be very beneficial. There are some circumstances in which prenatal chiropractic care could be harmful, so it is important to discuss with your doctor before scheduling a chiropractic appointment. Once your doctor gives the okay, you and your baby can benefit from prenatal chiropractic care in a number of ways.
Changes to Posture
As your belly begins to grow, your center of gravity changes, and so does your posture. Your posture must compensate for the added weight in your abdomen. It can also cause your back to curve uncomfortably as you progress through your pregnancy. Chiropractic treatment can help realign your spine and pelvis so that you are better able to support the weight of the pregnancy comfortably and improve posture.
Pelvic alignment is important for your baby’s growth and health. It is quite common for the pelvis to become misaligned as your body changes and expands to make room for baby and prepare for delivery. When the pelvis is out of alignment it can cause the baby to become cramped, and in some cases may contribute to birth defects. A misaligned pelvis can also prevent the baby from moving into the optimal position for delivery.
Easier and Faster Labor
Studies have shown that prenatal chiropractic care can decrease the duration of labor and make it easier for mom and baby. When the spine and pelvis are appropriately aligned, the baby is able to move into position and past the pelvis into the birth canal without problems.
If you are expecting a new little one, prenatal chiropractic care can be an important part of your overall prenatal health and treatment. After speaking with your doctor, contact us for an appointment. Our chiropractors in St. Petersburg are specifically trained and experienced in prenatal chiropractic care.