Chiropractic for Pregnancy
During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through tremendous changes. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help make pregnancy easier on your body. Understanding the changes you will experience during pregnancy will help you see the benefits of regular chiropractic care.
Effects of Pregnancy on the Spine
The most obvious physical change – the development of a ‘baby bump’ – begins to occur during the second trimester. As the uterus grows to accommodate the growing fetus, the lumbar curve of the spine increases. As a result, the pelvis shifts position and the pelvic ligaments soften.
In order to counterbalance the growing belly, many pregnant women leaning slightly backward as they stand or walk. This posture modification can place additional pressure on the pelvis, the sacroiliac joint and the ligaments.
Effects of Pregnancy on Other Joints
Pregnancy can also affect the knees, ankles and feet. Increased body weight and changes in posture may lead to sciatica and swelling in the ankles and knees.
Effects of Pregnancy on Sleep
Pregnant women should sleep in a fetal position, with a pillow between their legs. But many women report difficulty in finding a comfortable sleeping position during their second and third trimesters – especially back- or belly-sleepers.
Chiropractic Care Can Help
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy. In fact, all chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can help alleviate pain, strengthen your nervous system, and contribute to the overall health of you and your little one. Contact Family Chiropractic and Natural Healing Center today to learn more.