Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy, labor, and delivery introduce an invaluable time to begin chiropractic care for both mother and baby. More and more health professionals continue to accumulate evidence proving that extensive benefits come from receiving prenatal chiropractic care. Research published in 2012 showed that women receiving spinal adjustive care during pregnancy experienced a host of benefits compared with women who did not.

Benefits of Chiropractic care include:

  1. Decreased duration of delivery
  2. Decreased use of forceps
  3. Decreased likelihood of having a pre-term delivery
  4. Decreased fluid overload
  5. Decreased blood pressure
  6. Decreased low back pain
  7. Decreased carpal tunnel
  8. Decreased sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  9. Decreased risk of having meconium-stained amniotic fluid

Prenatal Effects on the Body

A female’s body undergoes various structural changes during pregnancy that accommodate a growing fetus. These changes produce profound effects on the daily function of the expecting mother as pregnancy progresses.

The addition of spinal adjustments improves quality of life as the woman’s body adapts to the new stressors. The purpose of a Chiropractic adjustment focuses on keeping the alignment and movement of the spine as healthy as possible to ensure appropriate nervous system function. This proves especially important as ligaments stretch and soft tissue becomes more hydrated, a normal process during pregnancy. As the spine becomes more aligned and less restricted, the entire nervous system becomes better balanced and more connected. A balanced spine and nervous system improve the odds of a healthier, shorter, and more successful labor.

Prenatal Pain Management

Almost 75% of women experience some form of back pain during their pregnancy. Tylenol tends to be the medication most recommended and used by pregnant women, despite an association with abnormal fetal development. Research from 2016 showed that Tylenol use by expecting mothers raised the risk for their emotional symptoms (29%) and hyperactivity symptoms (31%) in newborns. The evidence also showed a significant risk of increased childhood health concerns in newborns whose mothers used Tylenol.

Your Babies Health

Chiropractic can help babies before birth by alleviating the pregnant mother of pain through spine and nervous system care. Adjustments help facilitate the body’s ability to mitigate pain, allowing women to stay active throughout their entire pregnancy. Chiropractic provides a powerful evidence-based health practice that benefits new mothers, new babies, and every stage of life in between.

The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association June 2012 “Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pregnant women.” John M. Lavelle


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