Recently a patient, Thalia, who was in her six month of pregnancy came to my chiropractic office. She had been having mild lower back pain all along, but the discomfort had intensified prompting her to call us. I’ve seen this many times in my 37 years of practice. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be a great help to the expectant mother. This article will describe 4 reasons to seek chiropractic care during pregnancy.
· Reduce lower back and hip pain naturally
A majority of pregnant women will experience lower back pain. As belly size increases postural changes occur and put pressure on the spine and pelvic joints. The pelvic joints are called the sacroiliac joints and they bear a good deal of weight in the latter stages of pregnancy. These joints can become misaligned, irritated and painful. Chiropractors can perform safe, gentle adjustments to realign the pelvis and bring about pregnancy lower back pain relief.
· Promote proper pelvic alignment to improve fetal positioning.
The baby will change position in the uterus throughout pregnancy. A misaligned pelvis makes it difficult for the baby to, naturally, attain necessary movement. Chiropractic treatment aims to keep the pelvis aligned and the sacroiliac joints moving freely so the baby can achieve optimal position during pregnancy and, especially at the time of delivery. Studies show pregnant women having chiropractic care during their pregnancy have faster and easier deliveries.
· Improve activities of daily living.
When the expectant mother is free of pain her activities of daily living improve. Obviously, she is under stress during pregnancy. When she is free of pain, she’s able to sleep and rest optimally, be more comfortable at work and handle home chores more easily. The mother will also not need to take pain medications that have detrimental side effects.
· Eliminate lower back pain that persists after delivery of the child.
Many women experience lower back pain well after they have delivered their baby. I’ve had women come to me decades after delivery of a child saying: “My back has given me discomfort ever since I had my child.” This is due to the pelvis being misaligned and irritated sacroiliac joints creating ongoing, chronic pain. Chiropractic evaluation commonly will reveal a condition that can be resolved with chiropractic adjustments.
I’m happy to report that with several chiropractic adjustments to realign the pelvis Thalia had complete resolution of her lower back pain. She continued to receive periodic chiropractic care throughout the remainder of her pregnancy and had an easy, natural birth of her baby girl.