Although, these symptoms can be debilitating, many pregnant women are discovering the substantial benefits of chiropractic and pregnancy care to not only make their pregnancy more comfortable, but for an easier delivery and healthier baby.
Pregnancy with Back Pain
Many women's bodies aren't prepared to handle the increased stress and physical load that pregnancy bears. As a woman goes through her pregnancy, her abdomen protrudes and hormones are released, which relaxes the pelvic bones and causes significant postural changes. The combination of these factors causes a misalignment of the lumbar spine and sacroiliac joints, which are the most common areas of dysfunction in pregnant women.
These misalignments are the primary reason why so many pregnant women complain of back pain. Being pregnant with back pain may also lead to another common ailment called sciatica. As a woman gains weight, there is increased pressure on the sciatic nerve and fourth lumbar vertebrae, which is the sciatic nerve's origin.
Chiropractic care for pregnancy is tailored to gently and effectively release pressure on irritated spinal nerves and keep the spine mobile so that a woman can have less pain during her pregnancy. Most chiropractors who treat pregnant women have a specialized table for pregnancy.
The table that I use has a midsection release ideal for pregnant women, which is used up until the time they can no longer go prone. My technique for being pregnant with back pain is modified throughout the stages of pregnancy insuring comfort and effectiveness.
It is very important that a woman's pelvic bones remain mobile and functioning properly, since the baby will descend through the pelvic area. If these pelvic bones are not functioning well, there is a greater likelihood of a cesarean section or a more challenging delivery. Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to significantly reduce the length of time a woman labors.