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Pregnant women vary in the scope of symptoms they experience. Some have significant difficulties throughout their pregnancy, others have a bit of first trimester nausea that soon abates, and still others have no symptoms at all. Regardless, being pregnant can exert significant problematic effects on your body. For nearly all women, the weight gain associated with pregnancy leads to discomfort, aching back, and swollen feet. Fortunately, seeing our Tacoma chiropractor can help alleviate nearly all of these problems.
During pregnancy, anatomy shifts throughout the body to accommodate your growing child. Although this is excellent for keeping your baby safe, it can certainly make things uncomfortable for an expecting mother. Visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy can help with the following symptoms:
Weight gain. Pregnancy weight gain tends to put additional pressure on your sciatic nerve. This nerve runs from the lower back down through the legs to the feet. You may notice pain radiating from your back or hips down through your legs, a sign that your sciatic nerve may be pinched.
Pelvic balance. As your belly gets larger, your posture naturally changes to accommodate your growing midsection. This can cause your pelvis to become misaligned with respect to the rest of your body. A misaligned pelvis may restrict your baby’s room to grow and can even affect a baby’s position pre-delivery. A chiropractic adjustment can keep your pelvis balanced. This reduces the likelihood that you will need to get a C-section, as pelvic alignment reduces breech positions during childbirth.
Nausea. The majority of pregnant women experience nausea at some point during their pregnancy, with some having persistent nausea throughout. Visiting your chiropractor may reduce the frequency and intensity of nausea, helping you get through daily activities without feeling sick.
Back pain. As your abdomen protrudes, the curvature of your back may change. Many pregnant women report back pain. Keeping your spine aligned through chiropractic adjustment reduces potential problems with posture and back pain.
One of the biggest advantages to seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is that chiropractic medicine offers a non-pharmaceutical solution to many pregnancy-related problems. Pregnant women must be careful about taking medications, with even some over-the-counter medications being contraindicated. Our Tacoma chiropractor can help you identify solutions that address your problems without putting your baby at risk.
Another benefit of visiting the chiropractor during pregnancy is that it can keep you de-stressed. Relaxation is important for a healthy baby and smooth delivery. Many pregnant women tell us that they look forward to their visits because of their deep sense of relaxation following chiropractic adjustment. This is good for both mother and baby.
Proctor Chiropractic pregnancy chiropractic care is a leader in chiropractic medicine for women who are expecting. We see patients from around the Tacoma, Federal Way, Lakewood, Gig Harbor, and Fife, WA, area. If you’re experiencing pregnancy-associated nausea, aches, pains, or other symptoms, contact us today at 253-756-7500 for relief.