Growing a tiny human is one of the most incredible experiences a woman can have in her lifetime. There aren’t enough words to describe the thrill of feeling the tiny little flutters, kicks – and sometimes punches – that come from inside the womb of a growing fetus.
Even though building a human with our bodies is exciting, there are a lot of aches and pains that come along with it. You ARE growing an entire person in your belly, after all, which is no easy task!
It’s a good thing Dr. Hill at Hill Chiropractic Center knows just what to do to help relieve some of the ailments that come with pregnancy.
Dr. Hill is very dedicated to her craft and has a passion for helping her patients gain the relief they need.
Let’s dive into the benefits of prenatal chiropractic care if you’re expecting a little one!
Creates More Room for Baby
A chiropractor’s main goal is to create alignment in the spine and joints. A HUGE perk to seeing your chiropractor during your pregnancy is the nice comfortable space it creates for the baby.
Think about it – your body is changing in SO many ways as it works to build the life growing inside of you. Your abdomen becomes more prominent each week, and that alone puts a lot of pressure on the pelvis and spine.
When your hips and spine are out of alignment, this can cause intrauterine constraints. This means that the fetus becomes constrained and has less room to move around due to the forces surrounding it.
Regular adjustments give that little bundle of love ALL the space it needs to thrive in its warm and cozy environment.
Eases the Aches
The symphony of hormones surging through your body during pregnancy causes your joints to loosen. You might feel clumsier with the new baby bump you’re sporting. The blood volume pumping through your body increases like crazy, and your body has to adjust to the extra weight of carrying your baby-to-be.
Do you know what all of this also causes? SWELLING. What happens when things are swollen?
Studies have shown that at least 75% of women who regularly visit their chiropractor during their pregnancy noticed a significant decrease not just in pain relief, but also in other pregnancy symptoms, such as:
- Edema- or swelling/inflammation in the body
- Sciatica- that annoying shooting pain down the leg
Your chiropractor can discuss how often you should come in for visits as your pregnancy progresses and which techniques can be most helpful.
Prepares Your Body For Labor
It’s very important to keep your pelvis aligned during pregnancy to ensure that the baby can get into the best possible position for the day he/she makes their grand entrance into the world.
Often, when a woman’s hips are misaligned, the baby can become positioned in a way that will require some kind of intervention during childbirth.
I am walking proof that regular chiropractic adjustments are beneficial for this reason.
When my first child was born, I had never visited a chiropractor. When the day came to give birth – there were SO many complications.
My pain relief medications weren’t working the way they were supposed to, and I felt EVERYTHING on the left side of my body. When it came time to push, the baby became wedged in my hip bone. Ultimately she was delivered with the forceps – and that WAS NOT fun.
When baby number two came around, I visited my chiropractor EVERY WEEK. What was different THIS TIME was that my epidural actually worked on BOTH sides of my body. The baby was able to move into the correct position without getting caught in my hips. And she was delivered without any intervention.
Not only does prenatal chiropractic care help to prepare your body in every way possible to deliver your precious bundle of joy, but it ALSO helps to decrease your risk of needing a C- section for delivery.
That’s a win in my book!
Optimal Fetal Positioning
The position of your baby before they are born is one of the most important factors when it comes to delivery. During the last few weeks of pregnancy, the baby will begin to descend- or “drop” into position to be delivered.
The ideal position for the baby to be in for delivery is head down, facing your back. A breech position happens when the baby is positioned feet down, and a transverse position is when the baby is lying horizontally.
A chiropractor uses the Webster Technique to create a balanced state within the uterus to maintain the correct fetal position.
This technique primarily focuses on the muscles in the pelvis and the sacrum areas to create more space for the baby.
Approximately 4% of babies end up in a breech position, and the Webster Technique has had a reported 82% success rate of “turning” the baby into the correct position before delivery.
How Often Should You Visit?
Before starting ANY treatment plan, consulting with both your regular physician and chiropractor is the best idea especially if you’re considered to have a high-risk pregnancy.
Keep in mind that each person and every pregnancy is different. That means there is no “one size fits all” approach to prenatal chiropractic care.
Click on the link below to schedule your appointment at Hill Chiropractic Center today to discuss the right care plan for you and your sweet little baby-to-be!