Although pregnancy is the most beautiful and natural physiological change for women’s bodies, unfortunately many symptoms and side effects can accompany pregnancy as well, including nausea, headaches, swelling and lower back pain, to name a few. These can interfere with your daily activities and cause discomfort. More importantly, they can put extra stresses and anxieties on your pregnancy.
Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is one of the most beneficial and important choices you can make for your pre (and post) natal care. Chiropractic care can help alleviate the symptoms of your pregnancy, by easing lower back pain commonly cause by a hyperlordosis of the lumbar spine. What this means is the lower part of the spine shifts forward in order to compensate for the increased weight of a pregnant belly, which puts increased pressure on the spinal cord and nerve flow causing pain and other symptoms such as gastrointestinal issues, hip pain and sciatica. Chiropractic care gently opens up the compressed areas of the lower back alleviating the symptoms associated, and it does this without any prescription medications. It also reduces visceral symptoms such as nausea and swelling from edema by removing interference from the nervous system to allow for proper function and nerve flow to surrounding organs. Most importantly, it can ease the mind and allow you to focus on your pregnancy.
In addition to alleviating the common symptoms of pregnancy, chiropractic care is proven to reduce labor times and complications, significantly important for moms planning to undergo a natural birth process. It does this by gently realigning and opening up the pelvic area, which becomes compressed with the increased weight of pregnancy. (1)
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