With childbirth being a natural element in a woman’s life, some may be surprised to learn that nearly 14 percent of all childbirths end in some form of complication for the mother. The mother not only endures labor pains but is exposed to other potential risks.
Although risks may be possible, implementing exercise, ensuring proper nutrition, and seeking care from our Atlanta chiropractors can significantly reduce the risk of complications.
When women become pregnant, their body endures a lot of physical change to prepare for the growth of a baby and the delivery of the child. Even though pregnancy is considered to be the miracle of life, it does come with some unwarranted symptoms, pain, and discomfort. As the mother enters the first few months of pregnancy, morning sickness and fatigue are standard. These symptoms are a result of the growth of the placenta and the rise in hormone levels.
The liver must work harder for the mother as the placenta grows, and hormone levels rise. As this occurs, stress is added to the nervous system as it must work harder. Seeking chiropractic care can help enhance the body’s ability to carry the baby and promote a healthy liver.
As hormone levels rise, headaches become more common throughout the beginning stages of pregnancy. If the spine has become misaligned in the neck or upper back, the problems could intensify. Other possible causes of headaches throughout pregnancy include dehydration, stress, added sugars, and caffeine withdrawal. With chiropractic techniques as well as a well-balanced diet, the potential for headaches during pregnancy decreases.
As the second trimester grows closer, the weight of the baby increases, and therefore the mother begins to feel added physical changes to their body. If a misalignment is neglected in the first trimester and carried over, symptoms can intensify and often lead to reflux issues, constipation, and added headaches. The body naturally begins to create a lower back curve to prepare for birth; however, if a misalignment is present, this could create added pain and an increased risk for complications in the future.
Chiropractic Helps Support an Easier Birth
Although there are multiple benefits for the expectant mother throughout their pregnancy, the real benefits show upon labor and delivery. Most mothers labor for around 10 to 11 hours, and for the first time mothers with chiropractic care, their labor time can be decreased by 24 percent, and for those who had previous pregnancies, labor time can be decreased by 38 percent.
Those mothers who utilize chiropractic care often report that their body is better prepared for birth and are less likely to require pain medication while laboring.
Complications during pregnancy can be minimized or even avoided with total prenatal care. This includes:
- Chiropractic care
- Proper nutrition
- Drinking lots of water
- Plenty of sleep
Learn More About Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy; Call Us Today
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, and at our Atlanta chiropractic clinic, you will find a compassionate team of chiropractors who are willing and able to help you create the best experience possible. Our care and dedication to your health can also continue to flourish long after your delivery, as we want to help you optimize your health as your child continues to grow.
Our team of chiropractors is ready to help you make the most of this pregnancy and assist in creating a stress-free delivery process. Contact our office today to learn more by dialing (404) 889-8828!