Pregnancy is truly a miracle. However, when you're housing a tiny human inside of your body, all of the effects you'll feel aren't always so miraculous. You can combat many of the downsides of pregnancy through chiropractic care from The Chiropractic Doctors, serving Grand Rapids, MI, and the surrounding region.
One of the most well-known benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy is how it can reduce back pain. Back pain tends to arise during the second trimester and worsen the further along you are and this stems from the excess belly weight you're carrying.
In some cases, you will have sciatica, a symptom of pregnancy that causes pain, numbness, tingling and possibly weakness in your lower back. The discomfort and numbness may radiate down your leg and extend to your toes. Generally, sciatica only affects one leg at a time. Sciatica may appear in the first trimester as a result of the pregnancy hormones. It will usually subside during the second trimester. It's possible you will develop it during the third trimester due to the unborn baby placing pressure on the sciatic nerve.
Fortunately, our chiropractor is able to use certain treatments such as a spinal adjustment to ease your pain and discomfort from sciatica or general back pain related to pregnancy. When our Grand Rapids chiropractor performs an alignment, our specialist will manually realign the vertebrae and discs in the spine. By realigning the spine, it takes pressure off of the discs. It also allows blood to flow more optimally throughout the spine, which helps to reduce inflammation and pain in the back. The alignment takes pressure off of the sciatic nerve in order to relieve your sciatica symptoms.
An alignment also has the potential to lessen your pain and discomfort during labor. Because your spine will be in alignment, you'll have an easier time during delivery. Not to mention, when you align your spine before you deliver, it allows the baby to get into the correct position for delivery easier. Studies have indicated you reduce your chances of having a breech birth when you have regular spinal alignments during pregnancy.
A spinal alignment along with other chiropractic treatments has the potential to correct your posture. Improper posture, especially when combined with the uneven weight disbursement, puts stress on your body and will cause pain. If you suffer from headaches or migraines because of pregnancy, you can decrease your pain naturally with a spinal alignment. It takes some of the pressure off of your neck, which has the potential to lessen headache pain.
Our chiropractor can also provide nutritional counseling to support a healthy pregnancy for both you and your unborn baby. We're also able to supply you with lifestyle advice for a healthy pregnancy. We can recommend safe exercises you're able to do while you're pregnant to keep you active during your pregnancy. This helps you maintain a healthy weight and will optimize blood flow throughout your pregnancy.
If you're pregnant, you will benefit greatly from natural and noninvasive treatments like the ones our chiropractor at The Chiropractic Doctors, serving Grand Rapids, MI, and the surrounding area, supplies. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment by dialing (616) 432-3103.