Once pregnant, the center of gravity of the body's core area begins to change. With the first trimester comes rapid developement, hormonal changes, ligament softening and subtle shifts in weight bearing skeletal structures like the hips and pelvis. This can lead to the many aches and discomforts of pregnancy which includes lower back pain, leg pain (sciatica), hip pain, stomach tenderness beneath the lower belly and even carpel tunnel syndrome in the wrist and hands due to swelling.
Chiropractors are trained in the care of the bones, muscles, nerves, and ligaments. These tissues make up 60% of your body. Chiropractors that offer prenatal care and care for pregnancy are specially trained in obstetrics and have different and modified techniques that are used for pregnancy care. In addition chiropractors trained in pregnancy, prenatal care have special tables that allow pregnant woment to actually lay face down for treatment. Some pregnancy patients even comment that they wish they had this table at their own home!!
In addition to helping pregnancy discomfort, chiropractic care has many other health benefits. Many pregnant women report that their deliveries were faster when compared to their other child birth deliveries. Also, less pain and shorter labor times.
Lastly chiropractors make the perfect pregnancy coach as they can talk to you about pregnancy nutrition and lifestyle changes such as exercise and things to avoid during your pregnancy.
The continuous changes in spinal structure and physical and emotional stresses that occur during pregnancy make the chiropractor an essential part of your pregnancy, prenatal health care team (which would include a doula, midwife and OBGYN).