Pregnancy should be a time of excitement and joy, yet for many women it can be plagued with discomfort, pain and even illness. Throughout pregnancy women undergo numerous hormonal and structural changes which will affect the function of the spine, joints, nerves and ligaments.
It is easy to see postural changes throughout pregnancy-the centre of gravity changes, the weight of the baby places increased pressure on the spine and pelvis, and changes are seen in the gait pattern.
A recent study revealed that 70% of expectant mothers experienced low back pain at some point during their pregnancy. Because drugs and medication can cause fetal damage or malformations, it is important to avoid them whenever possible. A drug-free approach to having a properly working spine and nervous system provides the mother and child with a better chance at good health. In one study, women receiving Chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving Chiropractic, and multiparous subjects reported 39% shorter labor times. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with Chiropractic care.
We often simply look at the outside appearance and forget that millions of hormonal and chemical reactions are occurring in both the mother and developing baby which are being coordinated and controlled by the nervous system. The role of your chiropractor is to ensure that the spinal column and pelvis are balanced and are free of vertebral subluxations allowing the nervous system to work at 100%.