Chiropractic During Labor
Getting chiropractic care while pregnant has many benefits. Your entire body is making room for the growing life inside of you, which means that things will shift around; nerves will get pinched, subluxations (aka misalignments) in the spine will become more prevalent, leading to back and neck pain, nausea and other common negative side effects associated with pregnancy.
Seeking chiropractic treatment during your pregnancy is extremely beneficial for relieving side effects in addition to preparing the body for a smooth birth and shorter labor. Having a chiropractor after birth is also beneficial to helping yourself get on the right track to getting in shape and feeling good about yourself. But the benefits of chiropractic don’t just end before and after birth. In fact, in some cases, it’s even beneficial to have a chiropractor on standby during labor.
Please note: always inform your chiropractor that you are pregnant. It will significantly change the treatment regimen to ensure the safety of yourself and your child.
If the soon-to-be-mother experiences extremely long labor before birth, a chiropractor can help to facilitate the birthing process. Through precise techniques, they will loosen the joints and muscles in and surrounding the pelvis to allow for a wider birth canal, making it less painful and minimizing the risk of birthing complications such as breech deliveries.
Women that practice yoga, pilates or are avid runners/fitness enthusiasts tend to benefit the most from chiropractic during pregnancy because they tend to have strong, tighter muscles that take extra effort to loosen up. Although this sounds well and good, keep in mind that having a first-time adjustment during labor isn’t really an option. Chiropractic trains the body through intermittent adjustments over extended periods of time. It’s not a magical cure-all for long labors, so if the patient has never had an adjustment before they go into labor, it likely won’t have any effect.
Generally speaking, regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy and before labor will more than likely negate the need for having a chiropractor present during delivery. On average, mothers who receive chiropractic care during their pregnancy have a 24% shorter labor period. Taking precautions by seeking a chiropractor to prepare the body for birth makes for an easier, smoother process altogether.
If you’re pregnant, no matter what trimester, it’s beneficial to have adjustments at any time to make for an easier birthing process. Get in touch today to schedule a consultation!