Chiropractic & Pregnancy in Frederick MD

Chiropractic & Pregnancy in Frederick MD

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Pregnancy can be a beautiful, yet traumatic, period of time for a Woman\'s body.  Fifty percent of pregnant women experience some form of musculoskeletal pain during the 9 months of pregnancy. It is often difficult for a pregnant woman to find forms of relief, because of limitations of treatment options. This leaves the woman helpless, often sleep deprived, and in a stressed state. Chiropractic is the best option of relief for these soon-to-be mothers. Not only does chiropractic care provide relief from musculoskeletal pain that the mother experiences, but it has the ability improve the experience of childbirth. It can shorten the length of time of labor and eases the process of delivery.

Typically, women who have musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy experience increased musculoskeletal pain with delivery.  Managing musculoskeletal pain early in the pregnancy ensures that the pain does not progress and cause complications in the birthing process. Pain during pregnancy is typically located in the low back, pelvis, and can sometimes be experienced in the middle back as well. The growing baby and weight gain causes postural changes, which is the major factor of pain during pregnancy. As the belly grows the center of gravity shifts forward, and causes the low back curvature to become exaggerated from the strain of the weight. The disproportionate amount of stress on the muscles, ligaments and the spine can lead to strain of muscles and can cause long-term dysfunction of the joints. The postural stress not only affects the mother. If a pregnant mother\'s pelvis is uneven it can impact the position of the womb. A \"twist\" in the pelvis can cause tightness on supportive ligaments and can limit the ability for the baby to move freely within the uterus. A misaligned pelvis may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby, making it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. This can affect the mother\'s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections. Decreasing this stress can also decrease the likelihood of a breeched baby.

Chiropractic adjustments can be safe when performed by an experienced and licensed chiropractor. Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman\'s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. If you are wondering how chiropractic can help with your pregnancy, Dr. Autumn Fox at Valley Chiropractic in Frederick, MD can help.

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