It is no secret that a large proportion of women experience back pain during their pregnancy. In addition to the noticeable changes in a woman's body, pregnancy can cause subtle changes in the muscular-skeletal system, changes that a chiropractor is able to detect and correct.
A pregnant woman's weight gain will ideally reach between 14-18 kgs during the 40 week gestation. The bulk of this weight is in the abdominal area which makes the mother's centre of gravity shift forward. To compensate, the natural curves of the spine, particularly in the lumbar region, become exaggerated causing low back and pelvic pain.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy restores balance to the pelvic muscles and ligaments. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation that snarls the body's communication system. Using gentle spinal adjustments, the chiropractor relieves this nerve irritation, allowing the body's energy to flow freely again and eliminate periodic pain through nature's own healing power.
Chiropractors work specifically with the pelvis throughout pregnancy, restoring a state of balance and creating an environment for an easier safer delivery. In fact, research has shown that first time mums average a 24% shorter labour, whilst mothers who have already given birth experienced a 39% reduction in average labour length.