Many women around the world are realising the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for safer, easier birthing for both themselves and their babies.
By Mariza Halliday

The purpose of chiropractic care is not the treatment of conditions or disease; instead, it is the restoration of normal bodily function. Chiropractors work with the nervous system via gentle spinal adjustments. They decrease areas of tension or stress in the spine, which then affects the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves), thereby enhancing overall bodily function. All the systems of the body — circulatory, digestive, eliminatory, hormonal, glandular, immunological, muscular, reproductive, respiratory and skeletal — depend on the optimal function of the nervous system.

Many women choose to use chiropractic care to enhance and optimise their health and to ensure that the birthing process is as comfortable and complication-free as possible. Being pregnant is tough, the body goes through many changes and a well-functioning spine and nervous system is essential.

While all licensed chiropractors receive training related to pregnancy, some chiropractors specialise in prenatal care and further their training to specialise in their respective fields.

“Not all chiropractors are the same, so finding the ‘right’ chiropractor for you and your family is important. There are chiropractors that have received additional training to work with pregnant women and children. I really recommend interviewing any potential chiropractors before making an appointment. Your mommy instinct will know right away if you have found the right practice for you and your family.” says Dr Chantel da Silva, registered Chiropractor MTech (Chiro) at Rise Chiropractic.

Even once the baby has been born, chiropractic care can play a vital role in returning mothers to normal health. Properly aligning the spine, neck and back will give the central nervous system the kickstart it needs to bring mothers back to a more comfortable and normal state. Giving birth puts a lot of stress on the body and can misalign many areas. Correcting these issues helps mothers recover far better and faster after childbirth. Having the central nervous system back as it should be gives a mother the freedom to focus on her new child as opposed to the pain or discomfort she feels from her birthing experience.

If you are an expectant mother, chiropractic care is something you should consider when thinking about the health of not only yourself but your baby too. Chiropractic treatment gives you and your baby the best way to come through the birthing process in the healthiest possible way.

• Relief of pain and discomfort in the back, neck and joints
• Reducing labour and delivery time
• Reducing instances of breech position and the need for a Caesarean delivery
• Reducing the risk caused by restricted space in the uterus due to a misaligned pelvis
• Generally maintaining a healthier pregnancy
• Reduces interference to the mother’s vital nerve system, which coordinates all body systems and functions