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Should You Visit the Chiropractor During Pregnancy?

For many pregnant women, pain in the hips and the lower back are the sad reality they have to live with for these nine months. This pain can hinder their quality of life
and make this otherwise joyful period stressful.

According to the US National Library of Medicine, approximately 50% of women suffer from lower back pains during or after their pregnancy. Among these women, a third will suffer from severe pain that will render them unable to carry on their normal activities.

There are many factors contributing to lower back pains during pregnancy. These range from mechanical to hormonal. Experts suggest that the most likely contributing factor is weight gain and the shifting of the body gravity center which increases the pressure on the lower back.

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However, many pregnant women report that visiting a chiropractor helps relieve them of the pain. On the other hand, some contend this practice, suggesting that it can be harmful to the baby.

Is there truth to these claims? Not according to the experts at Fix Body Group, who advise that, there are no known contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy.

Pregnant Women Should Visit a Chiropractor

Chiropractic care is a process of adjusting the misaligned joints and treating
the spinal column and the muscles that surround it. It does not involve surgery or drugs. It is a type of physical therapy that reduces spinal nerve stress and improves overall health.

Chiropractic care can help remove the risk of misaligned spine or joints that tend to develop during and after pregnancy. A regular visit to a chiropractor clinic can help address these conditions. In fact, according to a study titled, Back pain during pregnancy and labor 75% of women who visited a chiropractor during pregnancy reported their pain was alleviated.

Chiropractic Care can be good for the Baby

A misaligned pelvis can limit the space the developing baby has. This condition can also result in delivery complications. If the pelvis is misaligned, the baby will have trouble assuming the natural head down, rear-facing position.

In some cases, this could hinder a natural, noninvasive birth process. By balancing the pelvis, the baby will be able to assume the correct position, which will make the delivery less complicated.

Could It Still Be Harmful?

Before seeing a chiropractor, you should definitely consult your doctor. While chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy in most cases, some conditions could lead to complications.

If a pregnant woman is experiencing vaginal bleeding, ectopic pregnancy,
moderate or severe toxemia or placenta abruption, chiropractic care is not recommended.

Some chiropractors specialize in parental care, and its definitely a great idea to seek them out. Get a referral from your doctor or pregnant friends. All chiropractors will make sure they don͛t put extra pressure on the abdomen and have special tables that will make a pregnant woman comfortable.

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