There’s no doubt that pregnancy can be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life, but let’s face it, it can also be a painful one. As your body grows and shifts to accommodate the growing miracle inside you, discomfort can seem like second nature. But when your hips are bothering you because your tendons are stretching, your lower back aches or you have leg pain, chiropractic care can help!
Most pregnant women are referred for chiropractic care due to lower back or pelvic pain associated with pregnancy. Changes to the body such as weight gain in the abdomen, poor posture and rotation of the pelvis force the body to unnaturally adapt to additional stress placed on the spine. Reestablishing pelvic balance and alignment is important for both mom and baby during pregnancy but did you know there are many other benefits to chiropractic pregnancy care?
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
Dr. Micah Carter has been trained to work with pregnant women utilizing special tables which adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. Treatments can be focused on pain relief and/or for promoting proper biomechanics while the body is going through changes. A research study showed that patients under chiropractic care during pregnancy had decreased labor times by 24-39%!
Dr. Carter can also provide you with exercises and stretches tailored specifically for each patient that are safe to use during pregnancy. I n addition to drinking plenty of water and eating a healthy diet, home care recommendations usually also include ice and physioball exercises. A maternity belt support may be recommended as well.
Give Family Tree Complete Care a call at (405) 757-2577 and schedule a free consultation with Dr. Carter, our resident Oklahoma City chiropractor to see how we can help you enjoy a healthier pregnancy, both for you and your baby.