Understanding Chiropractic Options During Your Pregnancy
Some of the most grateful chiropractic patients began their spinal alignment journey during pregnancy wellness.
During this transitional time, a woman's body experiences significant hormonal and biomechanical changes that can cause mental and physical stress.
During this time, the fetus's weight begins to weigh upon the mother's spine and change the dynamics of her spinal alignment.
These changes can cause significant subluxations (vertebral misalignments) that can lead to joint inflammation or even nerve impingements.
"...the weight of the fetus begins to weigh upon the mother's spine and change the dynamics of her spinal alignment" - Dr. Sun
One of the most well-studied hormones that causes joint laxity is the Relaxin hormone. The Relaxin hormone is known to rise during the first trimester of pregnancy. The peak levels of the Relaxin hormone are experienced during the 14 weeks of the first trimester and at delivery.
The primary function of this hormone is to soften the pelvic ligaments to open the way for the baby to glide through the birth canal. At this point, the pubic symphysis joint is softened and the iliac crest bones of the hips have fanned out backward to allow for the needed extra space.
Unfortunately, this softening of the ligaments creates instability in the entire spine, especially in the low back and hip regions. At this stage of pregnancy, the mother is prone to bone misalignments and nerve impingements.
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The Following Treatments Are Essential In Promoting Wellness During Pregnancy:
- Proper pregnancy adjustments to ensure spinal alignment
- Pregnancy exercises to strengthen core muscles and spinal stability
- Good nutrition, especially minerals, for tendons and ligament rehabilitation
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Pregnancy should be one of the most rewarding and positive experiences of life. Do not let pain and discomfort make pregnancy a nightmare.
Many of our patients have come to believe in the benefits of chiropractic through pregnancy treatments. They testify that their pregnancies with chiropractic care were much easier and more positive than those without.
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If you have any questions regarding this topic or want to begin your chiropractic care due to pregnancy discomforts, please call us at (408) 871-1200 to schedule a thorough evaluation.
It is noteworthy to state that the majority of our pediatric patients (child patients) started chiropractic care before birth, in the womb, when the mother started pregnancy adjustments.
I look forward to helping you achieve & maintain wellness related to your pregnancy.
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Pregnancy Wellness FAQs
Q - Is chiropractic treatment safe during pregnancy?
A - Yes, chiropractic care during pregnancy is generally considered safe and can be beneficial. However, every pregnancy is different, so it's crucial to discuss your circumstances with your chiropractor and obstetrician.
Q - How can chiropractic care help with pregnancy-related back pain?
A - Chiropractors can provide treatments like spinal adjustments to help align your lower back and pelvis, which can reduce the pressure on your nerves and muscles and help alleviate back pain.
Q - Can chiropractic care help in positioning the baby for birth?
A - Yes, a specific form of chiropractic care, called the Webster technique, is designed to help balance the pelvis, which could potentially aid in optimal fetal positioning. However, it's important to note that this doesn't guarantee the baby will turn if they are in a breech position.
Q - How often should I see a chiropractor during pregnancy?
A - The frequency of visits will depend on the severity of your symptoms and your chiropractor's recommendations. Some women might find weekly visits helpful, while others may only need to go once or twice a month.
Q - Are there any risks or side effects associated with chiropractic treatment during pregnancy?
A - While chiropractic care is generally considered safe during pregnancy, there are potential risks, such as mild discomfort after treatment or rare risks associated with spinal manipulation. It's essential to discuss these with your chiropractor, who will take your situation into account and adapt treatments as necessary.