Pregnancy Chiropractor 

A pregnancy chiropractor can relieve discomforts associated with pregnancy.


A Pregnancy chiropractor can help an expectant mother enjoy the many blessings of a pregnancy by alleviating discomfort and preparing her body for delivery.  To understand how a pregnancy chiropractor can help, we must first understand the changes the body goes through during the pregnancy. A pregnancy chiropractor can identify the discomforts and possible difficulties that may lie ahead.  A pregnancy chiropractor adjusting an expectant mother can provide relief and other advantages to an expectant mother during pregnancy and after delivery.

Pregnancy Chiropractor

Pregnancy Chiropractor

Changes in the Body During Pregnancy

To understand how a pregnancy chiropractor can help expecting mothers, we must look at what happens to the female body during pregnancy.  There are Changes in the endocrine system, the abdomen begins to protrude, the pelvis shifts, and weight gain all occur during pregnancy.  These changes can lead to pain for expecting mothers. Experiencing the pain associated with changes can make it difficult to enjoy pregnancy.

When a woman is pregnant her hormones begin to change. The endocrine system in the brain and it is in charge of hormone regulation.  During pregnancy the endocrine system produces and releases more estrogen and progesterone.  Estrogen is important for the development of the fetus.  Progesterone helps the immune system of tolerate foreign DNA (i.e. the fetus.) The endocrine system also begins to produce Relaxin.  Relaxin contributes to the softening of pelvic joints to prepare the body for delivery.  Relaxin also contributes to the softening of all other joints in the body.  Ligament laxity is also caused by the relaxin hormone.  Ligament laxity aids in allowing the baby to pass through the pelvis. Can also cause pelvic joints to move unevenly.  Ligament laxity can happen as early as the first trimester.

As the baby grows the uterus expands.  Women can start to notice a protruding abdomen by the beginning of the second trimester.  By the end of the third trimester the uterus will be near the rib cage.  As the uterus grows the abdomen protrudes out causing imbalance.  Not only does this put strain on the lower back, but also puts added strain and pressure on the internal organs around the uterus.

The pelvis is made up by four bones. These bones are the sacrum, coccyx, and two Ilia (hip bones.)  Due to the surge of relaxin these softer bones shift around.  Weaker, softer pelvic bones paired with weight gain associated with pregnancy force the pelvis to tilt forward.  The spine compensates for this tilt by arching back further. This is done in an effort to maintain balance.  A healthy range of weight gain during pregnancy is anywhere from 25- 40lbs. Although healthy, this extra weight contributes to the low back pain many pregnant women suffer.


Pregnancy Discomforts and Labor Difficulties

Throughout pregnancy many women experience discomforts.  These discomforts can range from mild headaches, nausea, to more serious back pain and pelvic pain.  Mild headaches during pregnancy is common.  They can be caused by the surge of hormones.  They can also be caused by a pinched nerve in the spine.  Nausea during pregnancy is also very common.  Nausea can be caused by a surge of hormones or the shifting of the stomach.  Back pain and pelvic pain during pregnancy are often experienced where the pelvis meets the spine, and the sacroiliac joint.  Pain can be caused by weight gain associated with pregnancy.  Weight gain puts added pressure at this intersection.  Muscle separation of the abdomen may make back pain worse.  Sacroiliac joint pain is another common pain associated with pregnancy.  This pain is experienced on either side of hips.  Sacroiliac joint pain can sometimes extend down the legs.

Labor difficulties cannot always be prevented.  But sometimes there are things that can be done during pregnancy to minimize labor difficulties. More common difficulties are preterm delivery, meconium stained amniotic fluid, use of forceps, and emergency cesarean section.  Eleven percent of expectant mothers can go into preterm labor.  Preterm is considered 20 – 37 weeks gestation.  Preterm labor can be attributed to abnormal uterus and or cervix, and too much or too little weight gain.  Meconium stained fluid usually happens when the baby is “under stress.” The baby is considered under stress when blood and oxygen decrease.  Use of forceps during delivery is considered when cervix is fully dilated and mother is unable to push baby out.  Risks associated with the use of forceps are lower tract and tear wounds, uterine rupture for the mother.  The risks to the baby may face are minor facial injuries, temporary weakness in facial muscles, skull fracture, bleeding within skull and seizures.  Emergency cesarean sections occur when labor fails to start.  They are also performed when labor stalls, the mother or baby are under distress, prolapsed umbilical cord, or uterine rupture.  The procedure from start to finish takes about 40 minutes.

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The Benefits of Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy can be a very joyful time for expecting mothers and expecting families.  Pregnancy does not come without its discomforts and difficulties.  Chiropractic care during pregnancy is one of the most common therapies used to alleviate discomforts during pregnancy.  Pregnancy chiropractors, have nearly a decade’s worth of graduate education and training of the spine.  A pregnancy chiropractor can identify what is causing discomforts for a pregnant mother and treat them accordingly. As stated before, some common discomforts are headaches, back pain and pelvic pain. A pregnancy chiropractor scans expectant mothers before treating her.  This is done to determine best treatment.  Pregnancy chiropractors can perform manual adjustments or adjustments used with certain tools.  The Proadjuster is the most accurate chiropractic tool used for scanning and adjusting. Expectant mothers experiencing headaches, may find out that a joint in her neck is slighting misaligned.  A pregnancy chiropractor can treat the issue by gently adjusting the joint back into place.  If an expectant mother is experiencing back and pelvic pain due a growing belly and the pelvis shifting a pregnancy chiropractor will be able to see which joints are out of place.  A pregnancy chiropractor will be able to adjust the proper joints.  This takes pressure off of the spine and can allow the uterus more room.  It is very important to treat back pain during pregnancy.  Studies have shown women who experience back pain during pregnancy are more likely to experience back labor during delivery.  Decreasing back pain by getting adjusted by a pregnancy chiropractor can decrease the chances of experiencing back labor.  Getting adjusted may allow the proper room for an ever-growing uterus.  Studies have shown a relationship between back pain experienced throughout pregnancy and a longer duration of the labor.  Treating back pain during pregnancy may decrease duration of labor and delivery. This may relieve some of the stress and exhaustion the baby goes through during the delivery process.  This in turn can decrease the chances of experiencing meconium-stained amniotic fluid.

Choosing a Path to Relief

When searching for a pregnancy chiropractor in the Hampton Roads area consider a chiropractor who uses many different techniques.  At the Proadjuster Chiropractic Clinic we are able to give manual adjustments but specialize in the Proadjuster technique.  The Proadjuster is a computerized tool that delivers gentler, more effective treatments.  This is ideal for an expectant mother whose joints are more sensitive to movement.     Our knowledgeable staff has experience in not only pregnancy chiropractic care, but also postnatal chiropractic care, and pediatric chiropractic care.

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