Proper spinal alignment encourages your body to work as the cohesive unit it should with easy breathing, balanced coordination, and complete digestion. In such an environment, you and your baby get the resources needed to optimize your health.
Unfortunately, pregnancy can exacerbate already existing spinal misalignments. When the spine is misaligned, the nerves and everywhere they travel don’t get the full benefit of your brain.
One of the most common complaints related to spinal misalignment that our pregnancy chiropractor receives is lower back and sciatica pain. As your abdomen becomes larger to accommodate your growing baby, the lumbar curve of your back becomes more pronounced. This shifting of the center of gravity causes unusual strain on the lumbar curve causing your back to ache. Sciatic nerve pain, which sends lower back pain down through your hips and legs, can be caused by lumbar misalignment.
Your center of gravity isn’t the only force to shift during pregnancy. Hormonal fluctuations can cause a host of symptoms. Relaxin is one of the most vital hormones during pregnancy because it helps your pelvis to relax so it can support your baby as they grow and during delivery.
Since it is a hormone, relaxin doesn’t just act on the pelvis; it causes all of the other connective tissues in the body to relax. As a result, you can develop pain along regions where the connective tissue has loosened.
Typically stable, stationary joints shift in response to relaxin. This can cause joint-related pain in the pubis, hips, and at the sides of the abdomen.
Visiting our prenatal chiropractor can address these exaggerated misalignments as they occur so you can be more comfortable during your pregnancy.
Throughout your pregnancy, chiropractic care can also help you:
- Diminish neck pain
- Reduce nausea
- Improve sleep patterns
While chiropractic adjustments are very helpful, our pregnancy chiropractor also looks for the reasons behind your aching hips. Addressing alignment issues can make even more of a difference if you follow a nutrient-dense diet and perform a gentle movement program as prescribed.
Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic for Baby
If the benefits of seeing a prenatal chiropractor sound great to you, they are amazing for your baby. High-quality chiropractic care is an excellent way to give your child the best start in life.
While a misaligned pelvis makes you uncomfortable, the space inside your uterus is your baby’s entire world. Since they don’t have the option of leaving at the end of a long day, they must have as much space as possible.
When our prenatal chiropractor restores optimal positioning for you and your little one, your baby is free to move as much as possible. Your baby is more comfortable, and their development is unhindered by restricted movement.
When your baby is free to move, they are free to get into the optimal position for birth. This is known as the vertex presentation, which involves your baby’s head pointing downward and facing toward your back. Proper alignment of the nerves that control your uterus can also help keep your contractions strong and efficient during labor.
Certified in Webster Technique
Each of our chiropractors, Dr. McKinley, Dr. Ray, and Dr. Cain, are certified in the Webster Technique. Although general chiropractic care is beneficial for everyone, the Webster Technique was designed specifically to enhance the function of the ligaments supporting the uterus. It helps with better comfort during pregnancy, and a healthier pregnancy by improving sleep and improving uterine constraint and positioning, including preventing breech positioning, easier delivery, and faster postpartum recovery.
An adequately supported uterus encourages optimal nerve function and vertex presentation of your baby. When your baby’s birth day arrives, routine visits with our prenatal chiropractor can help you face labor without pain medications and speed up your delivery time.
Expect Great Things With McKinley Family Chiropractic
If you’re expecting a child, congratulations! Our McKinley Family Chiropractic team wants to help you and your baby begin a lifetime of healthy living together. Give us a call or visit our online appointment scheduler so we can care for you as part of our family-first community.