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Posted on 03-10-2016

Congratulations! You're pregnant! But where's that glow you've heard so much about? All you're seeing in the mirror is a sickly shade of green.

For the 75% of pregnant women who experience morning sickness and 0.5% to 2% with a more severe form known as hyperemesis gravidarum (made famous by Kate Middleton), pregnancy is far from a time of joy. These moms-to-be try everything from medication to marijuana to ease their nausea and vomiting.

One promising remedy is chiropractic care for morning sickness.

What Is Morning Sickness?

To understand how a chiropractor may help with your pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, you should first understand a bit about why morning sickness happens.

Early in pregnancy--by about the sixth week--hormones surge to prepare a woman's body to grow a baby. These hormones cause first trimester nausea and often vomiting as well. Because nausea and vomiting correlate with higher hormone levels, morning sickness signals a healthy placenta rich with hormones that support it.

What Makes Hyperemesis Gravidarum Different?

Although morning sickness itself is usually a reassuring sign of a healthy pregnancy, an aggressive form can have devastating effects on a mom and her growing baby. Severe morning sickness, or hyperemesis gravidarum, brings excessive vomiting that depletes a woman's nutritional stores, usually results in dehydration, causes extensive weight loss, and more. The condition can be fatal without treatment, which includes medication, hospitalization, and intravenous fluids. What's more, women with this condition suffer long after the first trimester ends and sometimes until delivery.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help?

If you have morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, you probably have not thought about turning to a chiropractor for help, especially if you associate chiropractic care with "back cracking."

The truth is, chiropractors receive special training in relieving all types of conditions impacting pregnant women, including nausea and vomiting. Here are the main ways chiropractors help women with morning sickness:

  • By relieving nausea and vomiting: Although a chiropractic adjustment may not completely eliminate your symptoms, it should offer some relief. When your central nervous system returns to normal, it signals your hormones to regulate their effect on your body. Also, chiropractic care aids in relieving many digestive issues such as heartburn and constipation, both of which are common in pregnancy and contribute to morning sickness.
  • By fixing other problems caused by vomiting: When you spend a lot of time hunched over a toilet bowl, your posture gets thrown off, causing everything from neck and back aches to migraines. A chiropractic adjustment will soothe your upper body and get your posture straightened up.
  • By improving overall physical and emotional health: Chiropractors offer advice for many ways to achieve a healthy lifestyle like eating more nutritiously, exercising safely, and reducing stress and depression. Improving your diet may relief some of your nausea and vomiting, and exercise and stress relief can help you feel more like yourself after weeks or months of feeling miserable.

To get relief from your morning sickness and start enjoying your pregnancy, contact us today.

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