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Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic care focuses on the health maintenance of the spine, vertebrae, and nervous system. Chiropractic care seeks to remove any misalignments in the spine, known as vertebral subluxations.

These subluxations can cause poor health or function throughout the entire body. This impacts your body’s ability to heal. Chiropractic is a safe, natural, and effective. It helps restore function and order to the human body system. This amazing science helps the body heal itself!

Chiropractic doesn’t use drugs, medications, or surgery. It believes in the body’s innate ability to heal itself when the spine is properly aligned and the nervous system is functioning as it should.

Dr. Fisher is Webster Technique Certified. This means he has had special training on ways to specifically adjust pregnant women. He can help correct subluxations and pressure and other side effects often associated with pregnancy.

You can trust Dr. Fisher at Gold Coast Chiropractic with all of your chiropractic needs during pregnancy.

Pregnant woman

The Importance of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

It’s no secret that a woman’s body goes through tremendous changes during pregnancy. These hormonal and structural changes may cause spinal and pelvic misalignment. These misalignments often result in lower back pain.

The misalignment of a woman’s pelvis and spine has significant consequences.

Misalignments create unnecessary stress on the mother’s nervous system. This stress can weaken the function of vital bodily systems and organs. This is never a good thing, but is especially detrimental when the mother’s body is functioning for two!

Changes During Pregnancy

A woman’s body undergoes major changes throughout pregnancy. Some changes are quite obvious, while others are more subtle. All of these changes are necessary to accommodate mother and growing child.

Respiratory System Changes

The respiratory rate rises during pregnancy. This happens in order to make up for the increased need of oxygen by mom. This extra oxygen is needed for the uterus, placenta, and fetus to thrive. This increase in respiratory rate may leave mom feeling out of breath at times. Just remember to slow down and take it easy when you can.

Cardiovascular System Changes

During pregnancy, the entire cardiovascular system makes changes. The blood volume throughout the body increases. Blood vessels grow in size. Pressure from a growing uterus on large veins in the body causes slower blood flow to the heart.

These all lead to an elevated resting heart rate, lower blood pressure, and increased cardiac output for mom.

Gastrointestinal System Changes

As the uterus grows throughout pregnancy, it rises up and out of the pelvic cavity. This actually displaces the stomach, intestines, and other surrounding organs!

These changes are responsible for the constipation, reflux, and heartburn many pregnant women experience.

Endocrine System Changes

The endocrine system is responsible for the body’s hormones. Obviously this system goes through many changes in pregnancy!

The placenta serves as a temporary endocrine gland during pregnancy. It helps maintain the growth of the uterus. It’s also responsible for many of the changes in mom’s body.

Pregnant women often feel warmer during pregnancy because of the hormonal changes in their endocrine system.  These changes cause higher hormone levels and higher basal metabolic rates.

Abdomen Changes

Guess what? A woman’s stomach changes during pregnancy. Shocking, I know. During the second trimester, the abdomen starts expanding and near the end of the 2nd trimester, the top of the uterus is near the rib cage.

Musculoskeletal System Changes

During pregnancy, there is realignment of the spinal curvatures in order to help maintain balance. This impacts a woman’s posture, and is responsible for the famous “waddle” toward the end of pregnancy.

Ligaments become more relaxed throughout pregnancy, leading to back pain and pelvic misalignment. Chiropractic can help!

Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

A misaligned pelvis can restrict the amount of space your baby has to grow. In severe cases, this can cause birth defects. Chiropractic adjustments can help realign the pelvis. This gives baby plenty of room to develop.

A misaligned pelvis may also prevent baby from moving into the proper position for delivery. In some cases, this may ruin a woman’s chances at a natural and noninvasive birth.

When the spine and pelvis are properly aligned, baby has a smaller chance of moving into the breech or posterior position. An aligned pelvis also makes for a faster and easier delivery!

Other benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy include:

  • giving mom and baby a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy
  • pain relief from typical back, neck, hip, and joint pain often associated with pregnancy
  • help in controlling nausea.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care Beyond Pregnancy

Chiropractic after delivery also has many benefits. It helps restore nerve function and communication in the nervous system.

Treatment of mom and baby can also lead to an improved breastfeeding relationship.

Having your nervous system functioning properly after delivery is crucial for recovery. And the increased energy you’ll feel is always a bonus for those sleepless nights!

Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Talk To Your Chiropractor

Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy has great benefits. It treats both mom and baby. It helps mom feel more comfortable during the course of her pregnancy. It also helps speed up recovery after delivery.

Dr. Fisher, at Gold Coast Chiropractic in Chicago, is certified in the Webster Technique. This technique is designed to help doctors treat pregnant women. Through gentle adjustments and care, Dr. Fisher can set mom up for success in pregnancy and birth.

Dr. Fisher will also treat mother and baby after delivery. The birthing process is intense! Babies are often born with subluxations. Dr. Fisher will gently correct these. These adjustments can help baby eat better, be less fussy, sleep more, and feel its best.

Post-partum adjustments also help mom recover faster, increase energy, and help her feel like herself again.

Call Gold Coast Chiropractic today to schedule your appointment! 312.988.9655 

We look forward to treating you and your growing family! For more information call 312.988.9655 or email