While pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting time, it can also take its toll on an expectant mother’s physical health. A fast-changing body cannot only impact their hormones, but it can also affect their spine structure and can cause various aches and pains.
If you are set to welcome a bundle of joy into the world, here are four reasons to seek chiropractic care while pregnant.
Reduce Pain Associated with Weight Gain
Weight gain is part and parcel of pregnancy due to a growing baby, increased blood volume of 50% and a placenta that can weigh almost the same amount as your newborn. While you will experience weight gain across your body, it will mostly be concentrated on your growing abdomen.
Consequently, you may experience increased pressure on your joints and the discs of your spine, which will pull your lower back forward. Thankfully, chiropractic care can help to alleviate the additional pressure placed on your discs and joints, which can make it easier to adapt to your ever-changing body.
Ease Round Ligament Pain
Many women often experience round ligament pain in their second trimester. It often feels like a jabbing or sharp pain and it is commonly felt in either the lower abdomen or groin, which you can experience on either one or both sides. While it is a normal part of pregnancy, it can be rather uncomfortable for expectant moms, which they are more likely to feel when:
- Getting in or out of bed
- Turning in bed
- Twisting their body
Thankfully, qualified chiropractors can ease the spasticity of the ligament through various exercises, which can make pregnancy much more comfortable. It can ultimately provide new moms with a natural form of pain relief while helping to provide more room in the womb for their growing baby.
Prevent Pubic Bone Pain
The pubic bone will begin to separate during the third trimester, as an expectant mom’s body will be preparing to allow the passage of a baby via the pelvic inlet.
Unfortunately, if you have not received prenatal chiropractic care, it is possible the pubic bone will unevenly separate, which can lead to debilitating pain when walking, getting in or out of bed, or sitting in a car or chair.
What’s more, it could lead to a slower delivery and unwanted interventions during labor. However, chiropractic care will help the pubic bone to separate evenly, which can lead to a more comfortable third trimester and a smoother labor.
Alleviate Pregnancy Symptoms
Many pregnant women can struggle with a variety of symptoms during each trimester, such as heartburn, back pain, and swelling in the hands or feet. Chiropractic care can, however, improve nerve communication and prevent misalignments in the spine, which can alleviate much pain and discomfort felt during pregnancy.
If you are planning to welcome a little bundle of joy into the world in the near or distant future, contact Icon Medical Centers today to learn more about our chiropractic services and the benefits it can bring to both mother and baby.