Growing research has shown chiropractic care to be a safe and effective treatment for pregnant mothers and potentially beneficial for the baby growing within. Studies have discovered that over half of all women complain of lower back pain during pregnancy.
As the baby grows, the weight increases stress on the back and hormonal changes begin to relax the supporting tissues of the spine. This often leads to increasing aches and pains among other problems. A hospital study that looked at chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy, found a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery, due to adjustments during pregnancy.
Chiropractic care has also been shown to significantly reduce labor time for women who had care throughout their pregnancy. In her study, Dr Joan Fallon found that first time moms averaged 24% shorter labor, while experienced mothers had a 39% reduction in the average labor time.
A well-functioning nervous system enables a mother to easily combat many of the hurdles of pregnancy. Often women learn to just accept pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, shortness of breath, constipation, hemorrhoids, frequent urination, etc., when in fact they don’t need to, states Dr. Kenneth Boscher.
Chiropractic treatment of the mid-back can help alleviate mid-back pain, shortness of breath, and heartburn. Treatment of the mid to lower back can help with other unnecessary problems such as constipation, frequent urination, leg pain, lower back pain, and pelvic pain.
And chiropractic treatment is not just beneficial for the mother. The developing baby can benefit from chiropractic treatment as well.
Adjusting the mother helps reduce limitations to proper growth and development of the baby, as well as allowing the mother to void medications that may be harmful to the baby’s health.
At Conyers Family Chiropractic Center, our care also includes advice on nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications that contribute to a healthy pregnancy and delivery. This combination of good advice and treatment results in a less stressful pregnancy and a more comfortable delivery for both mom and baby. “And you know that we have had success with helping pregnant mothers for years.”
Some information provided by “Well Adjusted Babies” by Dr. Jennifer Barham Floreani.