These women are realizing the benefits of regular chiropractic treatment as they prepare for a safer and easier birthing process for both themselves and their babies. Chiropractors have actually cared for pregnant women for many years. Recently, however, with the increased interest in natural birthing, and in an effort to avoid having a C-section, a growing number of mothers have incorporated chiropractic into their prenatal care. It is important to understand how chiropractic care can contribute to a better birthing process by looking at the mother’s and baby’s biomechanics throughout the pregnancy.
As a mother’s weight increases, her center of gravity shifts forward and her postural compensations also change. In addition, all the ligament laxity caused by the hormone elastin during pregnancy facilitates the shifting of the spinal vertebrae and pelvis.
“The potential for damage in pregnancy and the postpartum period to a woman’s spinal structure is great,” Dr. Austrager warns. “Shifts in the center of gravity forward and slightly up can make her have unstable posture and realign the carriage of weights and forces through her joints, predisposing nerves, muscles, bones, and connective tissues to damage. Increased levels of relaxin and elastin, two hormones present during pregnancy, further aggravate this situation.”
Dr. Austrager has been helping pregnant women with their aches and pains during pregnancy for over 15 years. He corrects the alignment of the spine using the activator instrument. There is no twisting or cracking and treatments are completely painless.
Don’t suffer or take potentially harmful medication, try an all natural drug-free solution in chiropractic care. We look forward to enjoying your pregnancy with you soon, pain-free.