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At True Health Studio our practitioners have been trained, and have extensive experience with treating pregnant women during and after birth of their child. We pride ourselves with the success we have had with helping expecting mothers to feel their best during their pregnancy and recovery after. During the time a woman is pregnant her body goes through several physiological changes to their bodies. Weight gain and hormonal changes is normally seen during pregnancy because there are changes to the structural components of the body as it prepares for birth of the child. Expecting mothers may feel body aches and pains along with restricted ranges of motion due to these changes, therefore, alternative manual therapy with chiropractic, massage therapy and acupuncture has been shown to help women during this difficult time.

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant.

Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training.  Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.  A chiropractor who is trained in the needs of women who are pregnant will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joints:

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adaptations

canyougetpregnantafter40-framedEstablishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.

The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits for women who are pregnant. Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Acupuncture can help with several conditions with which some pregnant women may suffer. These include morning sickness, back pain, ligament pain, premature cervical ripening, preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension), fatigue, heartburn, constipation, and gestational diabetes.

Research shows that expectant mothers, who had cervical ripening or pre-birth acupuncture, have shorter labor times and better chances at delivering their babies naturally instead of by C-section. Acupuncture does this by preparing the cervix and pelvic wall muscles.  Acupuncture opens hormone receptors and increases circulations to the reproductive organs as well as boosts energy by soothing digestion and improving sleep.  It also calms fear and anxiety so you’re ready both physically and emotionally for the big day. Weekly treatment sessions of acupuncture usually begin at 37th week of pregnancy.

Massage Therapy and Pregnancy

spa065-framedStudies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.  Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body.  Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.