Even if you've never seen a chiropractor before, pregnancy is a good time to start. Here is why:
Chiropractic benefits during pregnancy
Many women seek chiropractic care to relieve neck or back pain that can result from weight gain and altered biomechanics during pregnancy. But even if you’re not in pain, you can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractic care during pregnancy maintains, and can even improve, balance and alignment in your spine and pelvis. This can help your baby assume their optimal birthing position and reduce the risk of having a breech baby.
Regular chiropractic care can also provide a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery for both mother and baby. It stimulates the nervous system to enable proper functioning of your reproductive organs, thus supporting the needs of your baby throughout pregnancy and during delivery. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic care during pregnancy are controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery and decreasing the risk of needing a cesarean delivery.
How to improve your own alignment during pregnancy
Even if you don’t visit a chiropractor, there is a lot you can do on your own to improve the position of your pelvis during pregnancy. Pregnant women should:
Avoid one-sided positions and repetitive motions to one-side.
Avoid carrying older siblings on your hips.
When sitting, rock your pelvis forward and avoid long periods of time in semi-reclining positions, such as car seats and lazy boys. Your knees should never be higher than your hips and you should avoid crossing your legs.
When sleeping, prop pillows between your knees for comfort. You spend approximately one third of your life in bed, so get comfortable. Use a supportive pillow and a firm mattress for spinal support.
Avoid wearing high heels.
Swimming and yoga are great forms of prenatal exercise.
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