A pregnant woman’s body changes immediately. These changes support the baby that is growing inside the woman. Pregnancy can cause discomfort or pain. These changes are natural, but the pain and discomfort can be minimized and alleviated through chiropractic care.
During the first trimester, morning sickness is common. This occurs because of the increase in hormone levels and the growth of the placenta. Headaches are a common symptom during the first trimester of pregnancy and can last throughout the whole pregnancy. One possible reason for headaches during pregnancy are misalignments within the neck and upper back, dehydration and stress. Through chiropractic adjustments, proper nutrition, and a healthy sleep cycle these headaches can be greatly reduced or eliminated.
During the second trimester the “baby weight” begins to show as the mother’s body undergoes physical changes to accommodate this weight. If there are already misalignments within your spine it is very possible for a pregnancy to exacerbate the symptoms causing headaches, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, or pain. Throughout the pregnancy, the pelvis is shifting forward changing the lower back curve. This is supposed to happen but if you have a misalignment within your lower back or spine already, this could create more pain. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to realign your lower back and spine to decrease and eliminate pain during pregnancy.
The real benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy can be seen when a woman goes into labor. The average length of labor is 10 ½ hours. First-time mothers receiving chiropractic care can experience a 24% decreased labor time and mothers that have already had children can experience a 39% decrease in labor time. Most importantly, a woman that have been receiving regular care often do not find a need for drugs during delivery because she has been able to better prepare her body for the experience.
If you are pregnant and have headaches or low back pain, please give us a call. Chiropractic is a non-drug, natural approach that can relieve your pain. Give us a call at (818)881-2225. We are close to Woodland Hills, Reseda, Van Nuys, Northridge and Sherman Oaks.