Prenatal chiropractic care involves stretching, the application of controlled pressure, and targeted joint manipulation using gentle techniques to assist with the pregnancy process.
The most common technique used for pregnant individuals is Webster’s Technique, which was specifically designed for pregnant women. Webster’s Technique is a gentle style of chiropractic care designed to help realign the sacroiliac joints, optimize pelvic balance, and support a healthy pregnancy and delivery process.
How Chiropractic Care Helps During Each Trimester
Chiropractic care can offer different benefits and support to you based on what trimester you are in.
First Trimester (Week 1 -12)
During the first trimester, your baby starts to develop, and your body undergoes major changes. Spinal adjustments can help with nausea and indigestion, common changes associated with the first trimester of pregnancy.
Second Trimester (Week 13-26)
Nausea and indigestion associated with the first trimester usually fade during the second trimester. However, many women experience abdominal pain, back pain, heartburn, and leg cramps during the second trimester.
Many of these symptoms are centered around the additional weight in the center of your body, which can strain the lower back.
During the second trimester, your joints and ligaments also start to loosen to prepare for your growing baby, increasing your risk of injury. Dr Desai uses a combination of stabilizing and alignment techniques to help.....and get your out of pain at this point in your pregnancy
Third Trimester (Week 27 - Delivery)
Chiropractic care is crucial during the third trimester. The primary focus of chiropractic care during the third trimester is keeping the pelvis aligned to help ensure you experience a more straightforward delivery process.
Dr. Desai uses the Webster Technique to align the sacrum with the pelvis. This helps open up more room in the pelvis, freeing up space in the uterus and helping keep the opening in a neutral position to assist with a more straightforward childbirth process.
Chiropractic care can also help address various types of musculoskeletal pain that can occur during pregnancy, such as hip pain, neck or lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatic pain.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Various factors impact your spinal alignment and comfort level during pregnancy, including:
The abdominal muscles weaken.
The curve in your lower back becomes more accentuated.
You are carrying around 25 to 30 extra pounds of weight, primarily focused on the center of your body.
The hormone relaxin is released, which relaxes the joints to assist with labor and delivery.
Prenatal chiropractic care can assist your body with the changes you are going through and be an overall beneficial part of a prenatal routine.
Alleviate pain by focusing on spinal alignment to help stabilize the pelvic region.
Ease pregnancy nausea by helping improve the function of the nervous system, which is connected to your spinal cord and spinal nerves.
Optimal positioning by working on pelvic alignment to allow the baby to have enough room to get into an optimal position for delivery.
Reduce the length of labor through better alignment in the pelvic region, which can help the baby more easily pass through the labor canal and decrease intrauterine constraints.
Restore pelvic balance to help relieve many of the aches and pains associated with pregnancy.
Reduce postpartum pain after your delivery; your body is still going through a lot of changes. Chiropractic care can continue during the postpartum period, helping to deal with back and neck pain often associated with nursing posture.
Get Prenatal Chiropractic Care in Dunwoody, Georgia
If you are pregnant or planning to conceive, Dr. Desai can help you understand how Webster's Technique can benefit you. At Lotus Chiropractic Care, we offer this technique as an option for women who want to ease the process of delivery and birth of their baby.
Are you looking for an effective, non-invasive, and safe form of chiropractic care in Dunwoody, Georgia?
Is it safe to go to the chiropractor during pregnancy?
Yes, it is safe for you to see Dr. Desai during your pregnancy. She specializes in prenatal chiropractic care and is certified in Webster’s Technique, which is specifically designed for pregnant women.
Prenatal chiropractic adjustments are considered safe care to receive during pregnancy, and studies have not shown chiropractic care to create a risk for pregnant women.
What is a prenatal chiropractor?
A prenatal chiropractor is a practitioner who is specifically trained in chiropractic techniques for pregnant individuals. Dr. Desai is specifically trained in the Webster’s Technique, which supports pregnant individuals.
What are the benefits of seeing a chiropractor while pregnant?
A few of the benefits offered by prenatal chiropractic care include:
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