Often a difficult part of pregnancy is that many of the the standard methods of pain management and treatment are considered unsafe during this time. One alternative pain treatment that is generally considered safe during pregnancy is a visit to the chiropractor.
All chiropractors receive training on how to work with pregnant women. However, if you are still unsure, there are some who pursue further specific information related to pregnancy and labor chiropractic care. One thing you can ask chiropractic care providers is if they are trained in the Webster technique, a method specifically designed for creating proper balance in a pregnant woman's pelvis.
Here are some of the ways a chiropractor can make your pregnancy easier and more comfortable.
Relieve Sciatic Nerve Pain
One of the most common physical ailments suffered by pregnant women, after morning sickness, is sciatic nerve pain. This occurs when the sciatic nerves, which runs from the spine down into each leg, becomes pinched or blocked somehow by the position of the spine and the pelvis. It can be only mildly uncomfortable, or it can be almost debilitating. Chiropractors can very easily and quickly put the spine and pelvis back in their correct positions to relieve this pain.
Maintain Healthy Posture
During pregnancy, hormones are produced to loosen and relax the ligaments in the body in preparation for labor. At times this can be uncomfortable and painful, as looser ligaments allow joints to get slightly out of place. A quick visit to the chiropractor can re-align joints so they are more comfortable. In addition, the growing weight of the baby can pull on the uterus and surrounding ligaments, causing posture problems that cause unnecessary pain. Getting adjusted regularly during pregnancy can help keep your body from falling into postures that cause pain and damage.
Make Labor Easier
There are two major benefits to getting chiropractic care in the final weeks before your due date. The first is that the chiropractor can get the baby into the optimal position for delivery, head down with face pointed in. If your doctor informs you that your baby is breech in these last few weeks, a chiropractor visit is a must. Breech deliveries almost always end in a c-section, so it is well worth your while to try everything possible to get the baby head down. And having the baby with its face pointing back and its spine facing out against your belly will make delivery much easier for you, as a posterior position—with the face outward—usually results in painful back labor.
Getting adjusted in the final weeks before your delivery also is a great way to ensure your spine and pelvis are in the optimal position for creating the least uncomfortable, easiest birth possible. If you are choosing to birth naturally without the aid of drugs, this is a key step to ensuring you get the birth experience you desire.
Chiropractic care, from a clinic like Edgar Family Chiropractic, during pregnancy is a safe, non-invasive method of pain management and is highly recommended for those seeking a natural birth with as few medical interventions as possible. Visit your chiropractor regularly to ensure you get the most out of this beautiful time of your life.