Chiropractic during pregnancy
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy the body undergoes several physiological and endocrinological changes in order to prepare for and create the perfect environment for the developing baby. These changes include:
- A protruding abdomen which increases the curve of the lower back
- Changes in the pelvis, allowing it to ‘open’ thus making space for the growing baby and to enable the birth process
- Postural adaptations
These changes can result in misalignment of the spinal and pelvic joint and chiropractic care aims at managing and correcting these misalignments. Spinal joint s that are out of alignment can cause discomfort or pain throughout the spine. When the pelvis is misaligned it may result in reducing the space available for the developing baby, called intrauterine constraint. It can also make it difficult for baby to get into the best possible position for delivery resulting in breech and posterior presentations and difficult natural birth.