Relieve and restore balance in your body during pregnancy
We speak with Dr. Kamilla Holst of Integrated Medical Institute, who is a Chiropractic Doctor and certified Life Coach as she shares why it’s beneficial to see a chiropractor during your pregnancy to relieve any stress or tension in the body while carrying a baby.
In many parts of the world, including my home country of Denmark, it is completely normal to see a chiropractor before, during and after a pregnancy as well as newborn soon after birth. Chiropractic care offers a distinct drug-free approach to health that promotes natural function and potential. The consultation begins with a thorough medical history and a focused physical examination. This is followed by a precise, gentle, controlled joint adjustment to reduce pain and restore mobility. The main focus is to get to the root of your problem by restoring balance in your body. There are many pros to receiving regular chiropractic treatment during your pregnancy. Here are my top ten benefits of receiving chiropractic treatment during pregnancy.
1. Reduce Labour Pain
Regular chiropractic treatment of the spine and pelvis can contribute to a more straightforward labour, with less pain and trauma for mother and baby. Research shows a significant reduction in labour time for first time moms, who have received chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy. And for experienced mothers, even more so.
2. Can Help Prevent Breech Presentation
Chiropractic treatment ensures your pelvis is positioned correctly while this allows optimal room for your baby to grow and move around. This can help prevent the breech presentation, meaning baby is positioned with bottom down.
3. Improved or Eliminated Pain
Research suggest that 50-70 % of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy. It is not uncommon for women to just learn to accept this pain and discomfort, but the good news is that you don’t have to! The pain is due to the many changes happening in your body during pregnancy, such as different weight distribution and altered hormonal balance. Usually the pain is located in the lower back, pelvis or groin. Seeing a chiropractor can help alleviate this pain.
4. Function at an Optimal Level
With a healthy spine and nervous system, you can function on a much higher level and feel more comfortable. When you decrease your body’s stress through chiropractic treatment, you will feel more comfortable and so will your baby.
5. Help Control Nausea and Acid Reflux
Your nervous system is extremely powerful and controls every aspect of your body including your reproductive organs. Your brain sends messages through your spinal nerves to tell your body how to function. A blockage in this innate system can cause dysfunction which can create symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath and even nausea and acid reflux, which are common during pregnancy.
6. Improve Your Immune System
Chiropractic treatment supports first class nerve communication throughout the body which promotes overall health and wellbeing. It also helps to increase the functioning of your immune system, so you’ll experience less cold and flu symptoms. Bonus fact: it maximises your genetic capacity and biological age!
7. Improves Sleep
Sleep quality and sleep quantity are important aspects of your pregnancy. Most of my patients tell me they slept like a baby after their first treatment. When you sleep your baby develops, so your sleep is very important… you are making another human after all! Chiropractic treatments can help to improve your sleep by reducing insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea which are common symptoms.
8. Promotes Self-Healing
You are born with an innate intelligence to heal yourself, but sometimes the body needs a bit of help removing any misalignments in the spine, in order to do just that.
9. Enhanced Energy Levels
Who doesn’t want to feel more energetic? Especially when you’re experiencing the ups and down of pregnancy in the different trimesters. One of the most common cause of low energy is a misaligned spine. When your spine is not aligned, it throws your entire body out, including your posture. This means your body has to work extra hard to keep your body upright making you feel tired.
10. Opens Up Your Hips
By having your spine and nervous system treated throughout pregnancy, you will enjoy more flexibility and maintain better posture. Furthermore it helps to open up your hips, making your body nice and ready for a natural birth. Perfect!