When a woman is pregnant, everything changes from how she walks as she goes about her day-to-day activities to how she sleeps at night. These changes can cause significant hip, back, neck, and joint pain, making moving even more difficult than it already is with a growing belly. Many women seek out chiropractors who offer maternal care to get some relief as they progress through their pregnancy.
Chiropractors can help adjust a pregnant woman’s body so that her posture improves and her spine is aligned correctly during changes as the baby grows. Proper spine alignment alleviates neck and back pain and allows for optimal central nervous system functioning.
The main areas where a chiropractor can offer maternal care are improving pelvic balance and maximizing space for the baby. If a woman’s pelvis is misaligned, it limits the space available for the baby to move, which can cause discomfort for both mother and baby. A misaligned pelvis can also make it harder for the baby to get into the correct position before birth, which affects the mother’s ability to give birth naturally. While specialty training is available, all chiropractors are trained to provide maternal care safely and effectively, using special techniques and equipment to ensure that both mother and child are cared for.
Pregnancy is a beautiful part of a woman’s life, but pain and discomfort are unfortunate side effects that many women experience. If you are an expecting mother and want relief from some of the aches and pains that come with pregnancy, inquire with your local chiropractor’s office about their maternal care services.