The following article shows a significant relationship of the increased incidence of preclampsia in pregnant working women. Pregnancy is a time where the body systems are already taxed and the additional stresses of working appear to have an added toll on the mother's well-being. It would be very interesting to see this same study done with a group of women under chiropractic care. Peer reviewed journals have reported the relationship between the correction of spinal misalignment and lowering blood pressure. (References Below)
"Pregnant women who work are more than five times more likely than women who do not work to develop preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure, swelling in the legs and other symptoms.
The complication affects as many as 1 in 10 first pregnancies. If left untreated, preeclampsia can develop into eclampsia, a life-threatening condition in which a woman has convulsive seizures in late pregnancy or during the first week after delivery. The study was performed at a large maternity hospital in Dublin, Ireland."
Based on this study, it is essential that working women make lifestyle choices to counteract the potential overload of working during pregnancy. According to the studies listed below, chiropractic care provides a means to establish normal blood pressure. Just another reason for the importance of chiropractic care in pregnancy.
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