Prenatal Chiropractic Care: Ensuring Comfort Throughout Pregnancy

A person bends over and grasps their lower back from back pain that they could have prevented by seeking prenatal chiropractic care.

Chiropractors commonly address back or neck pain, typically stemming from injuries like whiplash. However, their expertise extends far beyond these perceptions. Chiropractors are musculoskeletal specialists who employ holistic approaches to enhance overall health.

This comprehensive approach can be particularly beneficial for pregnant individuals, both in preparation for the challenges of pregnancy and in addressing pre-existing issues that may worsen during this time. In this article, we’ll explore the significant advantages of prenatal chiropractic care, emphasizing its role in promoting optimal spinal alignment and ensuring maximum comfort throughout and after pregnancy.

Why You Should Consider Prenatal Chiropractic Care

During pregnancy, an individual’s body undergoes significant biological changes as the body adapts to accommodate the growing fetus inside the womb. Since the musculoskeletal system serves as the body’s framework—encompassing bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints—its fundamental role in providing the support, stability, and mobility we need for daily operation can be compromised by such changes. 

Key Takeaway
The spine has a natural curvature and alignment that the body depends on for a variety of functions. Pregnancy can alter the shape and alignment of the spine, which can snowball into negative effects on the joints, ligaments, and muscles in the lower back, pelvic, and legs. Prenatal chiropractic care offers pregnant individuals a path to relief and prevention while also improving overall health and reducing the risk of pregnancy complications. 
  • Hormonal Effects: Hormones such as relaxin are much more prominent in the body during pregnancy, which causes ligaments and connective tissue to become more elastic and relaxed. This is because the pelvis needs to expand during childbirth. However, it can also lead to joint instability in other regions, which can cause strains and sprains.
  • Postural Alterations: As the abdomen expands throughout pregnancy, the individual’s center of gravity shifts to accommodate the fetus. This shift often results in an increased forward spinal curvature, particularly in the lower back, which can cause back pain and long-lasting changes in posture. 
  • Pelvic Changes: The pelvis undergoes significant alteration during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester, as the body readies itself for childbirth. It widens and tilts forward, which can cause long-lasting changes in gait and posture and the development of lower back and pelvic pain.
  • Abdominal Muscle Changes: Many pregnant individuals experience diastasis recti—a separation of the abdominal muscles along the midline—which can weaken the core, cause muscular instability, and contribute to lower back pain. 
  • Weight Gain: Pregnant individuals usually expect natural weight gain, leading to increased stress on the spine, pelvis, and lower extremities. 
  • Nerve Compression: Pressure on the sciatic nerve and around the spinal cord is expected due to changes in how the body distributes weight during pregnancy. This can cause conditions such as sciatica to develop and cause pain in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.

Prenatal chiropractic care offers a way to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by these factors and prevent them from recurring over the course of pregnancy. Moreover, many changes to the body last long after pregnancy, and prenatal chiropractic care can allow the body to recover much faster than it would normally. 

Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

A chiropractor performs prenatal chiropractic adjustments on a pregnant individual.

Prenatal chiropractic care offers a slew of benefits for pregnant individuals, such as:

  • Immediate and Long-Lasting Pain Relief: Because chiropractors address the body alterations that cause back, hip, and pelvic pain, such as spinal and pelvic misalignments, pregnant individuals receive immediate and long-term relief. 
  • Pelvic Alignment: Maintaining proper pelvic alignment is a pivotal factor in the comfort of pregnant individuals. It can also help optimize the body’s position for delivery through chiropractic adjustments.
  • Postural Correction: Pregnancy often causes long-term postural and balance issues as the body struggles to return to its pre-pregnancy form. Postural problems can cause long-term pain, compromising the body’s ability to distribute weight. However, prenatal chiropractic care can restore and improve posture, reducing bodily strain and preventing pain.
  • Optimal Nervous System Function: Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve nerve function, positively affecting overall health as the brain and the rest of the body can communicate better.
  • Better Preparation for Labor: Chiropractic care can ensure that the spine and pelvis are correctly aligned and that the nervous system is functioning properly. This usually results in a more comfortable and efficient labor and delivery with less risk of complications. 
  • Reduced Risk of C-Sections: Some chiropractors utilize techniques such as the Webster Technique to optimize pelvic alignment, reducing the likelihood of breached or malpositioned babies and reducing the need for cesarean sections. 
  • Stress Reduction: Pregnancy can be a highly stressful period for individuals, both physically and mentally. Chiropractic care not only reduces the physical symptoms of pregnancy but also promotes stress relief. 

This is accomplished through various treatment options designed to address immediate concerns and underlying causes of pain and discomfort during pregnancy. 

Prenatal Chiropractic Care Treatment Methods
Hormonal Effects
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Stretching and Exercise
  • Lifestyle Recommendations
Postural Alterations
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Postural Correction
Pelvic Changes
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Pelvic Stabilization Exercises
  • Supportive Belts
  • Muscle Therapy
Abdominal Muscle Changes
  • Core Strengthening Exercises
  • Muscle Therapy
Weight Gain
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Nutritional Guidance
  • Low-Impact Exercise
  • Lifestyle Modifications
Nerve Compression
  • Chiropractic Adjustments
  • Stretches and Nerve Glides

The common factor in all issues regarding pregnancy is the musculoskeletal system and the spine’s ability to perform as the body’s main support structure. That’s why the most effective prenatal chiropractic care aims to restore proper spinal alignment and posture as the foundation of a comprehensive treatment plan.

PostureWorks Employs Comprehensive Chiropractic Care for a More Comfortable Pregnancy and Faster Recovery

Pregnancy is a beautiful part of life. However, it can be a challenging period for those who experience it first-hand. That’s why the team at PostureWorks is dedicated to making pregnancy comfortable and ensuring that pregnant individuals recover as fast as possible. 

We achieve this goal for Lakewood, CO, and San Francisco, CA, residents by embracing a holistic approach that harnesses the body’s innate healing capabilities while incorporating advanced treatment methodologies like Chiropractic BioPhysics® (CBP). With CBP, we thoroughly evaluate your medical history, complemented by an extensive postural analysis to pinpoint any spinal or pelvic misalignments. 

Armed with this information, we design a personalized prenatal chiropractic care treatment plan tailored precisely to meet your unique needs. This approach not only enhances your pregnancy comfort and reduces the risk of complications but also ensures a smoother post-delivery recovery, allowing you to regain your well-being confidently.

Contact us today for more information on prenatal chiropractic care or to schedule your appointment with PostureWorks in Lakewood or San Francisco.

Chiropractic BioPhysics®, or CBP, is a deeply researched and results-oriented corrective care technique. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health and optimal function. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is conservative, painless, and non-invasive as with all chiropractic care.

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