As a woman, your body undergoes tremendous changes during pregnancy and the physical stresses your body experiences can result in both physical and psychological health issues. The most pervasive of the physical changes, carrying the ever-growing fetus in your womb, results in increased pressure on the spine, hips, and legs.
The progression of gestation also results in the lumbar curve of the spine becoming more pronounced, to help offset your constantly growing belly. The pelvis also begins to shift position as the pelvic ligaments relax in preparation for the baby moving into the birth canal for delivery. This often time causes a woman to lean unnaturally backward, to maintain balance when she stands or walks. This places abnormal pressure on the pelvis and spine, often resulting in pain.
Women will typically also have trouble sleeping as the pregnancy advances. The second and especially the third trimester can make it difficult, if not impossible, for an expectant mother to find a comfortable sleeping position. The ideal sleeping position for women in the late stages of pregnancy is on her side, in the fetal position, with a pillow between her knees. However, this is easier said than done for a woman who typically sleeps on her back or stomach. Additionally, hormonal changes often result in night sweats, making it even harder to get a good night’s sleep.
On top of all this, an entire range of emotions can feel utterly overwhelming. Concern about the delivery, the health of the fetus, the impending change to family dynamics, and many other concerns can take a heavy psychological toll. Fortunately, a visit to your family chiropractor can help with all of these issues.
Many women wonder if chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy, and the answer is a simple “yes.” All chiropractors receive training in caring for women during pregnancy, and there are no known issues of complications with having chiropractic care performed during pregnancy.
Chiropractors have been trained to take special care with pregnant women to avoid placing undue pressure on the abdomen during adjustments. Misalignments in the spine, pelvis, and knees, typically caused by swelling, are typically areas of adjustment during pregnancy. Modifications to these areas will relieve pressure on the nerves to improve sleep. Your family chiropractor will also be able to educate you on special exercises you can do at home that are designed to be safe for both you and your developing baby.
Some chiropractors chose to undergo even more specialized training in pre and postnatal care and earn specialized designations from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. These designations include:
• ICPA Certification of advanced training
• ICPA Diplomat certification showing achievement of the highest level of advanced training
• Webster Certification for chiropractors trained to treat pelvic balance during pregnancy
If you are pregnant and experiencing any discomfort associated with the changes your body is going through, please give our chiropractor in Brookfield WI office a call. Our team is trained to work with pregnant women, and we promise to make you and your baby’s health our top priority.