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If you have recently learned that you are pregnant, you may be both delighted to welcome a new member and apprehensive about the physical changes to come. The nine months of pregnancy required for a fetus to fully develop bring many changes to the mother's body, and some of these changes can create considerable strain and discomfort. Additionally, the position of the baby within the womb can make a critical difference in ensuring a healthy, non-surgical delivery. Here at Century Center Chiropractic, we are happy to help expectant mothers experience greater comfort and better overall wellness through our natural, drug-free techniques.
What kind of changes can you expect to encounter during your pregnancy? We are all familiar with the extended belly and weight gain seen in pregnant women. This natural process, designed to make extra room for the growing fetus, upsets your normal posture in various ways. The muscles of the pelvic floor begin to loosen, preparing the way for eventual birth. This can alter the pelvic tilt, and the extra weight up front then causes your lower spine to shift forward. Such postural shifts typically result in lower back pain, neck and shoulder stiffness, foot pain and muscular strain. Nerves may become pinched, causing discomfort and reducing your body's ability to control its multitude of functions. Hormonal changes common during pregnancy may become exaggerated, producing edema (swelling) in the extremities, mood changes, headaches, fatigue and other symptoms.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a safe, effective way to maintain proper physical function while relieving many of the discomforts that accompany this period. Our chiropractor in Atlanta keeps a close eye on any spinal changes that occur, performing gentle adjustments as needed to help prevent misalignments that might add to your discomforts. Since proper spinal alignment optimizes nerve function, we can help you enjoy more normalized hormonal balances while avoiding nerve pain. A balanced body is also better able to distribute weight evenly, lessening muscle stresses and strains and the chronic pains associated with them.
One of the most important factors in a healthy delivery is the alignment of the sacral spine. Misalignments in this area can prevent the fetus from rotating into the correct position for a normal, head-first trip through the birth canal. This problem, known as dystocia, could make all the difference between an easy natural delivery and a Cesarian section. A chiropractic procedure called the Webster technique can prove highly beneficial in correcting sacral spinal misalignments gently and non-invasively. The technique frees the baby to experience an easier natural birth. This not only eases labor for you, but it can also redcue the amount of stress your baby's musculoskeletal system must endure during delivery.
Contact Century Center Chiropractic to schedule chiropractic care during pregnancy. We look forward to reducing your lower back pain, muscular aches and other issues while also providing a healthier start for your newborn child.