When you're pregnant, you're constantly thinking about ways to prep for Baby's arrival. The list keeps growing. Crib ... check. Diapers ... check. Car seat ... check. But realizing that you need to add yourself to the list may not cross your mind. It's important, however, to remember that your body will be going through amazing changes before, during and after birth and you need to keep yourself in working order. One of the ways to do that is through chiropractic care.
Long before your baby bump begins to show and cause aches and pains, you can start receiving adjustments or having therapy. If you've never considered chiropractic care, especially during pregnancy, Dr. Maria Staudt, of Prairieland Chiropractic in Rockford, Iowa, says it can benefit your changing body in a variety of ways:
- Chiropractic may help women find relief from morning sickness.
- It's important to keep your body properly aligned after the hormone relaxin kicks in. Relaxin causes ligaments to relax and expands the pelvis to prepare for delivery. But it relaxes every ligament in your body, so it can cause joint pain anywhere. Chiropractic can help with pain management during pregnancy.
- Your nervous system needs to be in top working order to help your developing baby, and keeping your body properly aligned ensures that no nerves are pinched and unable to work as they should.
- Chiropractic can help expecting mothers prepare their bodies for labor and delivery. And it may help prevent back labor pains.
Dr. Staudt suggests that women should begin therapy as soon as they find out they're expecting. This can help ensure that the function of every nerve in the body is in working order.
"It's like turning on the power to your body," she says.
Some pregnant women may be worried that using chiropractic care may be too rough, especially during the third trimester. But Dr. Staudt says the increase in technology over the years has allowed doctors to limit the use of force necessary to do an adjustment, and most doctors use a pregnancy pillow to improve a patient's comfort and safety during treatment.
Overall, the choice is up to you, but if you're worried about the everyday aches and pains of pregnancy, or eventually the pain of labor and delivery, it might be wise to add chiropractic care to your prenatal check list.