Pregnancy and Post Natal Care
One of the most important times for a woman to be receiving chiropractic care is during pregnancy. From the moment of conception her body goes through a series of remarkable changes. Some are easy to spot: a growing belly, changes in posture and changes in gait- that characteristic pregnancy “waddle”.
What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled through the nervous system.
Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimum uterine function. It prepares the body to be strong, flexible and as balanced as possible to carry pregnancy. Adjusting women though pregnancy is one of the most rewarding parts of our jobs as chiropractors, because a healthier pregnancy means an easier labour and delivery.
Chiropractic care after delivery decreases strain on the joints and muscles that the mother may have from lifting her child and nursing. It also helps the body heal after any trauma the body may have been through during labour.
According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in an easier pregnancy, including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery, and reduced need for analgesics.
In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24 percent shorter labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39 percent shorter labour times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50 percent in the patients who had received adjustments.
In addition 84 percent of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. And because the joints of the pelvis function better, there is significantly less likelihood of back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back/sacral area during labour) when receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Here are just a few of the benefits prenatal massage has to offer:
- Prenatal massage helps relieve edema or swelling by stimulating circulation throughout the body.
- Leg massage can help reduce leg cramps and swelling in the legs.
- Massage is very beneficial for relaxing anxiety during pregnancy.
- Massage can help promote more restful sleep and help prevent pregnancy related insomnia.
It is vital however that you seek the assistance of a qualified professional who offers massage during pregnancy. At Active Healthcare Centre our therapists have additional training in pregnancy massage. We have specialized pillows designed for pregnancy to make sure that you can be comfortable during your massage. In addition one of our massage therapists is even a certified Doula!