Pregnant and Chiropractic: Many women experience back/pelvis/leg/feet swelling, soreness, achiness, and pain during pregnancy. A growing belly added weight and changes in connective tissue can cause a variety of musculoskeletal strains and misalignments. Chiropractic care provides health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, nerves, joints, muscles, and bones. It is an art and science of adjusting a misaligned body, reducing stress, and promoting health throughout the body.
Pregnant and Chiropractic
With a primary doctor’s clearance, chiropractic can provide safe adjustments. Chiropractors trained to work with pregnant women utilize techniques that avoid applying pressure on or around the abdomen. Benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy include:
- Restores and maintains spinal alignment and balance.
- Helps control symptoms of nausea.
- Improves energy levels.
- Relieves body pain.
- Helps reduce labor time and delivery.
- Restores pelvic positioning and balance, improving standing, sitting, and walking mechanics.
- Improves blood perfusion and better movement for the baby
A chiropractor trained in the needs of pregnant women will also provide exercises and stretches that are safe during pregnancy. A chiropractor will discuss/recommend treatment options, patient concerns, and a complete medical history assessment. They will monitor symptoms to customize treatments to the individual’s specific needs to get the most relief.
Gestational hypertension develops during pregnancy. It is not preventable and returns to normal levels postpartum. However, there is an increased risk of developing chronic hypertension later if gestational hypertension begins to develop. According to Mayo Clinic, gestational hypertension is diagnosed by the following:
- At least 20 weeks gestation.
- Blood pressure is higher than 140/90 on at least two occasions.
- Must be more than four hours apart.
- There is no other organ damage present.
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