Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and joyful times of a woman's life!
But as the body changes and prepares for the coming baby, many women experience a variety of painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
Three of the most common complaints during pregnancy are back/neck pain, nausea (especially morning sickness) and then difficulty with long labor and delivery times. It can be a struggle for women to treat these issues because of desires to avoid pharmaceuticals and unnecessary medical intervention in order to protect their developing babies.
Luckily, chiropractic offers a holistic and safe alternative to help with these pregnancy concerns!
Labor and delivery time
In a three-part study performed by Joan M. Fallon at Yeshiva University, 65 women were used as subjects. All of the subjects received chiropractic care from at least the 10th week of pregnancy through labor and delivery.Their average labor times were recorded and compared to average labor times as statistically averaged by at least 4 sources, as well as compared to those of a local midwife/ obstetrician practice.The study found that "chiropractic care significantly reduces labor time!" The labor time was decreased 24%-39% (as compared to national averages).
Approximately 1/2 of all pregnant women complain to their doctors about back pain. In the second part of the same study, a questionnaire regarding the levels of back pain was given to determine any changes that might result due to the chiropractic adjustments. The study also revealed a significant reduction in back pain with chiropractic care. Each woman reported at least a 50% reduction in back pain, some as high as 100%, as a result of the chiropractic care.
Nausea (morning sickness)
According to Victoria C. Arcadi, D.C., this condition occurs anytime during pregnancy, but most commonly from two to four weeks after fertilization. "The most frequent complaint is nausea, vomiting, and/or indigestion, either constant or intermittent.
There are three reasons why this can happen. At the time of fertilization, the estrogen levels begin to rise and within a few weeks can reach levels up to 300 times above normal. In addition, the corpus luteum begins to secrete the hormone human cortico gonadatrophin (HCG) in very large quantities. The other physiologic function which occurs (weeks 1-15) is the implantation and formation of the placenta. In order for this to happen, trophoblastic cells on the fertilized egg begin to digest the endometrium, causing implantation within the lining and forming the placenta.
These cells release toxins and debris which the liver must detoxify," explains Dr. Arcadi. Chiropractors can adjust specific vertebrae to target these areas and also help patients follow a diet that is easier on their livers.
If you or a loved one were pregnant wouldn't you want to experience less pain and discomfort through your pregnancy? Wouldn't you want to decrease your labor time by hours?
Since nearly all medications can be harmful to health of your baby, chiropractic becomes the obvious choice. Wellness Chiropractic is the natural choice for a more comfortable and healthy pregnancy.
American Pregnancy Association. (2013). "Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy". Retrieved from http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/chiropracticcare.html
Arcadi, V. (1991). "How Do You Treat Hyperemis Garvidarum (Morning Sickness)?" Retrieved from http://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=44231
Gandolfi Chiropractic: A Creating Wellness Center, Charleston. IL. "Health Tip of the Day - Pregnancy and Wellness Chiropractic".