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Chiropractic Helps Bring Better Birth Outcomes:
Chiropractic during pregnancy is an important part of prenatal care. Unfortunately, not enough women know of the benefits of chiropractic care both for themselves and their unborn baby. A womanís body undergoes an amazing amount of changes during pregnancy. As her baby grows her musculoskeletal system must adjust accordingly to accommodate the growing uterus and prepare for delivery. Chiropractic care helps her body to stay aligned as these changes occur, and also helps to keep the nervous system functioning at its optimal level.
Many pregnant women experience low back pain, hip pain and pubic symphysis pain. These discomforts are a result of the stresses put on the body by the rapid growth of the baby and the changes the body must undergo to accommodate this. As her belly gets bigger, the womanís centre of gravity changes. The growth is so quick that it is often difficult for the low back and pelvis to adjust to this change. This causes stress in those areas, resulting in misalignments (or subluxations as they are called by chiropractors), which then causes pain and dysfunction. When the pelvis is subluxated (misaligned) it affects the uterus and the position of the growing baby.
The uterus is connected to the pelvis by ligaments: the broad ligament, the uterosacral ligaments, and the round ligaments. Like a hot air balloon tethered to the ground, these ligaments work to keep the uterus in the proper place in the pelvis and allow support as the uterus grows to accommodate the growing baby. If the pelvis is subluxated, these ligaments can become torqued. When the ligaments are affected, they directly affect the position of the uterus which can result in the baby not being in an optimal position. This type of situation may result in a breech baby or a transverse (sideways) baby.
One goal of the chiropractor is to correct the subluxations in the pelvis to help balance the uterus and allow the baby to get into a better position. Chiropractic adjustments for a pregnant woman are always specific, gentle, and safe.
Besides increasing a pregnant womanís comfort level, an aligned pelvis and spine can result in a quicker, safer, and easier birth. Helping the baby to get into a proper head-down position by balancing the pelvis and ligaments helps to avoid c-sections due to baby positioning.
Of course keeping the entire spine aligned helps the overall nervous system function better. Because of this, chiropractors recommend regular chiropractic spinal checkups throughout pregnancy to help ensure the pregnant woman is functioning at her optimal potential.
If you think that you or a loved one is a good candidate for chiropractic care, contact Funnell Family Chiropractic to arrange a thorough examination in our practice.