Your body changes rapidly during the 40 weeks of pregnancy and even in the months and years after you welcome your baby to the world. And although these changes are extraordinary to experience, they’re also often uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful.
While pain is unavoidable, treatments are available to improve your physical condition and help ease pregnancy-related woes. Continue reading to learn how chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive care plan that can help moms-to-be manage pain and discomfort during and after pregnancy.
Reduce discomfort and symptoms during pregnancy
While your uterus grows to accommodate space for the baby, organs and intestines move around and become compressed. Ligaments and joints also become flexible to help your body adjust to the growth and structurally prepare your body for labor. And of course, elevated hormones, like progesterone and estrogen, impact digestive processing.
All of these changes have the potential to cause you pain. Common body discomfort includes neck, sciatic, lower back, round ligament, and foot pain, and digestive upset such as nausea, heartburn, constipation, and indigestion. While it’s not unusual to experience these types of pains, chiropractic care can help reduce the severity:
- Pelvis alignments to create more space for your growing uterus
- Spine alignments to reduce body pains and improve nervous system function to relieve digestive discomforts
- Massage therapy to soothe aching and sore muscles and relieve stress
Contribute to a more positive birthing experience
Regular chiropractic visits during pregnancy can help make for an easier labor and delivery experience, too. Since chiropractic alignments aim to balance the pelvis, hips and spine while removing pressure from the nervous system, they can prepare your body to give birth more easily.
And not only does it help you, but it can also help your baby get in the ideal head-down position for birth, avoiding sideways or breech babies.
Essentially, a healthy and structurally balanced body can help make labor and delivery less painful and decrease labor times. Some studies even suggest that chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to an average of 25 to 31% shorter labor times.
Help post-delivery recovery
Pregnancy and giving birth are undoubtedly hard work — and although post-delivery comes with the joy of having your newborn in tow, new physical demands are added to your routine. From carrying your baby to missing out on regular nights of sleep to stooping while feeding, your body must adapt to the new workload while recovering.
One thing is for sure; a healthy mind and body during pregnancy can help your body recover faster post-delivery. And while chiropractic care can’t help you change all those dirty diapers, it can help relieve stress on your mind, body, and nervous system so your healing moves faster and your body is primed for keeping up with your bundle of joy.
Pregnancy chiropractic care in Renton, Washington
Our dedicated team at Petett Chiropractic has decades of experience helping mothers-to-be relieve pain and discomfort and would be delighted to care for you during this joyous time.
As your body grows and changes during pregnancy, we adjust our methods to suit your needs, including size and weight. Contact us today to get started with your treatment plan at (425) 277-2225, and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to help get you started.