Treating Pregnancy Pain

Pregnancy and Health

Many women find that the physical stress and strain brought on by pregnancy can lead to quite a bit of discomfort. While it’s common for women to suffer from lower back pain during pregnancy, they often have to cope with other symptoms as well. These could include sciatica, leg cramps, loose joints, and constipation. These issues can make it difficult to move around and complete daily tasks, as well as create difficulties during the delivery.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can be a remarkable source of relief for the back pain suffered by so many women, especially during the last trimester. Often, women also comment that the birthing process went easier after having been treated with chiropractic adjustments throughout the pregnancy. The article below will give you a more in-depth look at the discomfort caused by pregnancy and will explain how chiropractic treatment can help.

Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Throughout the course of a woman’s pregnancy, her body is undergoing a variety of different changes in order to continue to accommodate a growing baby. As the baby grows, the mother’s center of gravity will shift toward the front of her pelvis, usually resulting in increased stress and strain in the lower back and the joints making up the pelvis area. At the peak of the pregnancy, the associated weight gain and shifting center of balance can cause the degree of curve in the low back to increase, resulting in severe misalignment of the vertebrae.

The nerves that span the length of the body all have their origin in the spinal column, so when its vertebrae become compressed and nerves become irritated it can affect any area of the body. One example of this is called Sciatica. This is a condition commonly associated with pregnancy, involving pain radiating from the lower back straight down the legs. It can be extremely painful.

Many women find that if they had a preexisting issue with the alignment of their spine, pregnancy will often exasperate the problem. Pregnancy can cause the vertebrae in the spine to become misaligned to the extent that it will not simply go back into place once the pregnancy is over and the child has been born. This can make daily tasks for a new mother, such as carrying the baby or breastfeeding even more challenging.

Prenatal Chiropractic Treatment

Professional chiropractic practitioners will provide you with a safe and effective individualized care plan that will carry you through your pregnancy and into your postpartum months ahead. A complete examination will be able to determine the most optimum treatment necessary to address your discomfort and begin to prepare your body for the last months of pregnancy and the birthing process. There are specialized adjustment methods used by chiropractors to accommodate pregnancy and many go on to get additional certifications in these areas. Chiropractic care can reduce the need for many women to take pain medications during the delivery while also helping to reduce the total amount of time spent in labor. Continuing to see a chiropractor after pregnancy can aid in speeding up the transition by focusing on your spinal health.

If you are pregnant and curious about how chiropractic care can help you and your baby, call our team at Bethpage Chiropractic today!

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