Pregnancy is a wonderful time, and often times during this wonderful news, women undergo stress from planning the future, schedule pregnancy check-ups and going through body changes in the months ahead.
Women are susceptible to different types of pain from carrying a child in the womb, and by receiving prenatal chiropractic care, you can be in less pain so you can focus on preparing for motherhood and all that comes with it.
Changes to Expect During Pregnancy
As your baby grows inside you, your body will stretch and change to accommodate the fetus. These changes occur over the four trimesters. Here are just some changes to expect:
- Weight gain, especially in the last two trimesters
- Cramps in the legs
- Swollen ankles and feet
- Spine curvature realignment
- Ligamental laxity
- Growing stomach
Pain During Pregnancy
Many of these changes can cause pain. Your body could ache as you put on more weight and your stomach grows. As your stomach expands and puts more pressure on your ribs, you may experience abdominal discomfort, too.
Walking may be difficult with leg cramps, swollen ankles, and tired feet. If your spine curves abnormally, you could have herniated discs and other spinal pain. Back pain is often associated with ligamental laxity, a condition in which the ligaments loosen up beyond their normal limits.
Luckily, seeing a chiropractor when pregnant can reduce this pain and discomfort. These chiropractors are adept at handling pregnant patients with care and know the pain these women are going through.
Some chiropractors even undergo special training to care for pregnant patients. They may be Webster Certified to treat pelvic imbalances or be a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association or ICPA.
Prenatal Chiropractic Care
Your chiropractor will offer pregnancy chiropractic care for your aching body. With a spinal adjustment, they can relieve the built-up pressure that may be causing back and neck pain. They can also gently manipulate the spinal positioning so it’s no longer misaligned.
Through massage therapy, the tense muscles in the back, neck, shoulders, and legs can be soothed, reducing the rate of cramps.
Your chiropractor may also recommend doing light exercises like swimming and stationary biking. These keep weight under control and could prevent further pain. They may also cause less joint strain, making them great for pregnant women.
You can even get nutritional, prenatal, and postnatal counseling from a chiropractor. By eating better and doing the mentioned exercises, you can manage your weight and your health for a happier, pain-free pregnancy.
About Cornerstone Chiropractic
If you’re pregnant and in pain, contact us at Cornerstone Chiropractic. We serve those in Snohomish, Mill Creek, and Everett.
Our services include car accident injury care, spinal adjustments, knee injury treatment, whiplash treatment, wellness advice, weight loss and nutritional counseling, workplace injury treatment, custom orthotics, pain management, extremity adjustments, massage therapy, sports injury care, and chiropractic care.
Call Us To Schedule An Appointment Today!
To learn more or schedule an appointment today, please call (425) 379-6301. You can also visit us at Cornerstone Chiropractic on 2003 132nd Street Southeast, Suite E in Everett.