Pregnancy is a life-changing event. The feeling of bringing a new life into this world cannot be expressed in words. A woman’s body undergoes several changes during pregnancy. Many women report increased levels of discomfort during pregnancy. This is primarily due to the extra strain placed on the body by the fetus.
Studies show that about 50 percent of all expectant mothers suffer from back pain and sciatic nerve irritation during different stages of their pregnancy. Chiropractic care can relieve or even prevent back pain during pregnancy.
Chiropractors in Santa Rosa are trained to use chiropractic techniques to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in stress. Chiropractic care can reduce time in labor. Many women who receive chiropractic care during their pregnancy do not need medications for pain management.
Here are some tips on chiropractic care for pregnant women.
Get Adjusted Regularly
There are more benefits to getting adjusted regularly than you could imagine. During your visits, your chiropractor will look for and treat imbalances in the pelvic region and subluxations that may contribute to complications.
Chiropractic adjustments can provide non-invasive relief from back pain. It is a safe alternative to pain medications which can have several side effects. Pelvic alignment can create more room for the fetus, helping ensure its healthy growth and development.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Your chiropractor will help prepare your body to carry a new life. They will help you manage or steer clear of problems that arise due to changes during pregnancy (such as a protruding belly and changes to the pelvis as the body prepares for labor).
They will help keep your pelvis in alignment, increasing your chances of having a natural, complication-free delivery. Chiropractic care can treat back, neck, hip, and joint pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care is effective in alleviating symptoms of nausea.
Use Flat Shoes
Feet become susceptible to injury during pregnancy due to increasing body weight. Additionally, ligaments that support the feet become laxer. To avoid injuries, wear flat shoes with arch supports.
Maintain Proper Spine Alignment While Sleeping
When sleeping, lie on your side. Place a pillow between your knees. This will help take the pressure off your lower back. Use full-length body pillows or pregnancy wedges.
Incorporate cardiovascular exercises such as swimming or walking into your daily routine. Avoid activities that involve jerky or bouncing movements. Stop exercising immediately if you feel uncomfortable or experience nausea or dizziness.
At Toth Chiropractic, we harness the power of chiropractic care to help patients manage chronic pain. Dr. Douglass Toth is one of the most respected chiropractors in Santa Rosa. Known for his empathetic attitude, Dr. Toth has helped many people reclaim their health. To schedule an appointment, call us at (707) 526-1390.