The pregnant body needs (literally and figuratively) extra support. Aches and occasional discomfort are part of many normal pregnancies, but excessive pain doesn’t have to be. Chiropractic care can help with pain management and in some cases prevent the symptoms before they arise. We discuss the basics of chiropractic care and pregnancy to help moms-to-be understand this option.
Think of the body like a car: it requires regular maintenance in order to run well. A chiropractor is a mechanic for the muscular and skeletal system. Chiropractic care is generally considered an “alternative” medicine, but is rapidly gaining in popularity especially among pregnant women.
Any mother that’s had a long, protracted labor with a “sunny side up” baby or a c-section to deliver a breeched baby knows the importance of good fetal positioning. Expectant moms should consider starting chiropractic care early in their pregnancies for best results. Keep in mind that it’s important to be proactive — it’s much easier to convince a 30-week fetus to turn than a 37-weeker.
Pregnant women looking into chiropractic care should seek someone certified in the Webster Technique. This technique is an analysis of spinal alignment and pelvic balance. A chiropractor who’s been Webster-trained can help reduce unnecessary stress on the mother’s uterus and ligaments. If the pelvis is aligned properly, it can positively affect the baby’s position in utero and ultimately baby’s presentation during labor and birth. Regular chiropractic care has also been linked to shorter labor times.
Cost is understandably a concern for many families, but insurance may cover part or the entire visit leaving families responsible for just the co-payment. Contact the insurance company for specific details. If insurance does not cover it, chiropractors may be able to work out a payment program.
Find local chiropractors specializing in prenatal care: ICPA
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