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Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic treatment offers a safe, gentle, drug free alternative for the relief of discomfort during pregnancy and can play an important role in ensuring that your body and spine are functioning normally. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include maintaining a healthier pregnancy, reducing the time of labor and delivery, relieving back, neck or joint pain, and preventing a potential cesarean section. By reducing the stresses and strains on the joints and muscles, normal daily activities can be continued throughout the nine months and many women find that labor is shorter and less painful.
Regular adjustments can establish balance in a pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress on the uterus and supporting ligaments. This can optimize the room a baby has for development and the chances of moving into the correct birth position. Pelvic balance can help to avoid the worry associated with breech and posterior presentation. Some studies have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic care in helping to turn a baby who is breech even into the end of the third trimester.
Chiropractic treatment can be a great source of relief during the 9 months of pregnancy and beyond for both mother and baby!