Chiropractic care and pregnancy: for some, those two terms seem like they don’t belong together at all. There is sometimes a disconnect in our minds between chiropractic and birth preparation. For others, the concept of visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy just never crossed their minds. However, natural birth plans can benefit from including chiropractic care. In fact, chiropractic care has the potential to make all the difference during natural birth preparation. Read on to learn about chiropractic and its role in natural birth preparation.
Chiropractic & Its Role in Natural Birth Preparation
Along with healthy eating, rest, exercise and doctor visits, chiropractic care can prepare you and your baby for an optimal natural birth. Improvements in emotional health, prenatal comfort and natural birth preparation are some of the benefits of chiropractic care during the pregnancy journey.
Before You Begin
First things first— set up an initial visit with your chiropractor. Your first visit helps us to discover how Van Ness Chiropractic can help you. We’ll learn about your personal situation – in this case, your pregnancy! – so that we can provide you with a detailed explanation of all we do. Chiropractors can be an incredible asset to natural birth preparation. All licensed chiropractors have training related to pregnancy, and, with proper care, chiropractic has the potential to help pregnancy and birth progress in a natural manner.
Emotional health is key before, during and after your natural birth. Chiropractic has a positive impact on emotions and relieves stress. Stress can manifest itself in the body, and chiropractic helps reduce that pain and discomfort. Preparing for natural birth should include emotional care as well as physical preparation. Chiropractic covers both bases in a holistic way—because the connection between our bodies and minds is so strong.
During your pregnancy, chiropractic can create a more comfortable pregnancy. As with other times in your life when your body is under additional stress, caring for your body’s alignment is key. It can increase comfort throughout your whole body, especially in your back, neck and joints. Visits to the chiropractor decrease symptoms of nausea as well. Improving comfort during pregnancy prepares for a more comfortable natural birth.
Correct spinal adjustment always benefits your body, but especially during pregnancy. Making sure your body is aligned can reduce pain in the back, leg and pelvis areas. Chiropractic can help in creating a pregnancy with the least amount of discomfort possible.
Visits to the chiropractor prepares the pelvis for a healthy natural birth. Chiropractic adjustments balance the pelvis, which helps the baby get into the proper birthing position, as well as the best position for development. If the baby is not in the correct birthing position, the delivery may be longer or more complicated. A technique called the Webster Technique facilitates this positioning. It also allows the baby plenty of room to grow. If the pelvis is misaligned, the space available might be constricted.
Since the pelvis affects the birth position so strongly, chiropractic care for the pelvis facilitates an easier natural birth. With this proper positioning, a shorter labor and delivery time can be possible.
At Van Ness Chiropractic, Drs. Van Ness, Parkin and Sabri offer services that have been proven to improve one’s comfort and quality of life. For more information on Van Ness Chiropractic’s pregnancy care, click here. To schedule an appointment, click here or call (847) 842-8070 today.