Sunday, April 5, 2015

Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy

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Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Care during Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an exciting and emotional time for many parents. For Mom, in particular, hormonal, physical and emotional changes can leave her feeling fatigued and in discomfort, to say the least! Almost 50% of pregnant women experience back pain at some point during the 9 months – there’s a lot of women out there suffering needlessly.
It’s likely safe to say, that almost all Moms-to-be are wary of taking medication (prescription and/or over-the-counter) due to safety concerns for themselves and their growing baby. Many are turning to natural and holistic means to help them through their pregnancy. Chiropractic care is a natural, holistic approach to overall health and wellness that has helped numerous pregnant women maintain a healthy pregnancy and with their aches and pains.
Who are the culprits of these aches and pain that so many suffer from? The blame game is placed squarely on:hormones and weight gain.
Hormones are crucial to the preparation of the mother’s body to carry and deliver the baby. Hormones (progesterone, estrogen, relaxin, just to name a few) all work in harmony to alter and control the various systems of the body to support the growing baby. The most commonly talked about function of these hormones is to loosen (‘relax’) the pelvic joints to prepare for childbirth. But the hormones don’t know that they need to only work on the pelvis…they go everywhere! Loose joints equals muscles and ligaments have to take up the extra slack. This leads to fatigue, muscle strain, and overall discomfort.
Add on top of all that the extra weight Mom gains (baby + increase in blood volume + increase in fat and protein storage, oh my!), a protruding belly leading to altered posture and gait – a set up for disaster. No wonder Moms-to-be everywhere are suffering!
This is where Chiropractic comes in. Chiropractic care works with the whole body in a natural and non-invasive way. Keeping your spine aligned helps the entire body work and function more effectively. That means a healthier and happier pregnancy for you.
Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy helps maintain balance, alignment, and flexibility of the spinal joints. This allows Mom to maintain a healthier pregnancy and the growing baby enough room to develop and move around as it needs to.
Other potential benefits of regular Chiropractic care during pregnancy include1:
-          controlling symptoms of nausea
-          reducing labour and delivery times2
  • Research indicates that in first time Moms labour times were reduced by 25% and in Moms who had given birth before labour times were reduced by 31%
-          Relieving back, neck, and joint pain
-          Allowing the baby to assume optimal position for labour and delivery
Chiropractic allows the body to function, restore, and heal itself naturally. It is the right first choice for all of your issues and an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.

If you or someone you know is pregnant (or even thinking about becoming pregnant), call your local Toronto Chiropractor today to get your pregnancy off on the right foot!
Dr. Andrea Perricone is a Chiropractor at Living Well Family Chiropractic. To learn more about how Chiropractic can benefit you and your family, contact her at 416-985-1911 or

  1. American Pregnancy Association
  2. Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study.  Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991:24-31

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