Easing Your Journey: How Chiropractic Care Supports Pregnancy Wellness

May 8, 2024

Chiropractic care supports pregnancy wellness
Chiropractic care supports pregnancy wellness
Chiropractic care supports pregnancy wellness

Pregnancy is a time of significant physical and emotional change, and maintaining wellness through these changes is crucial. Chiropractic care is an excellent support system for expectant mothers, offering numerous benefits to help manage discomfort and enhance the pregnancy experience.

Supporting Spinal and Pelvic Health

During pregnancy, the body undergoes several physiological changes, including increased back curve, pelvic changes, and adjustments in posture. These changes can lead to spinal misalignment and discomfort. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help manage these changes by maintaining spinal alignment and reducing stress on the spinal nerve.

“Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not just about managing pain. It’s about optimizing your body’s natural ability to function and adapt to changes,” says Dr. Mel McGwin, chiropractor at KIRO who is certified in perinatal and pregnancy care. This care is tailored to meet the safety needs of both mother and child, with gentle techniques that avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.

Enhancing Nervous System Function

The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively. For pregnant women, this can mean improved control over symptoms such as nausea and hormonal imbalances.

Improving Labor and Delivery Outcomes

One of the more compelling aspects of chiropractic care during pregnancy is the potential for a more managed labor and quicker delivery. Chiropractic adjustments improve pelvic balance, which can provide the baby with as much space as possible over the course of the pregnancy. This can lead to a reduction in potential complications during labor and the possibility of decreased need for intervention during delivery.

Postpartum Recovery

Postpartum recovery is another area where chiropractic care proves invaluable. After delivery, many new mothers experience body strains and misalignment. Chiropractic adjustments can help expedite recovery and improve the body’s ability to heal and return to pre-pregnancy condition.

Ensuring Safety and Comfort

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is both safe and beneficial. Chiropractors who are trained in perinatal care use adjustable tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.

Pregnant women who are considering chiropractic care should consult with their healthcare provider to discuss the best care plan for their individual needs. At KIRO, we are committed to providing pregnant women with the care and support they need to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and a robust start to motherhood.