Why Might You Need Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
Parents who are looking for a healthcare practitioner to provide less invasive care before, during, and post pregnancy can consider chiropractic care. Chiropractors are trained to safely advise, educate, and provide alternative, more natural options for the birth process.
During pregnancy, the mother’s body goes through an incredible amount of hormonal and structural changes to compensate for the growing baby. As the body changes, the curve in the back increases, the abdomen protrudes, the ligaments relax and the pelvis changes. These can lead to spinal and pelvic misalignment which are called subluxation.
Often subluxation causes the following:
• Numbness and tingling in the thighs, knees and feet
• Lower back and pelvic aches
• Leg cramps
• Upper back, neck and shoulder aches
A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. 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 labour and lead to interventions such as C-sections.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy helps you and the baby to be as healthy as possible by removing interference to the mother’s nervous system, enhancing baby development, uterine function and reduce pain and discomfort. It also balances her pelvis, eliminating undue tension to muscles and ligaments and enhancing optimal fetal positioning.
Benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
• Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
• Controlling symptoms of nausea
• Reducing the time of labor and delivery
• Relieving back, neck or joint pain
• Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
Pregnancy Chiropractic Care FAQ
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
Gentle and non-invasive, chiropractic is a safe and effective form of prenatal care that can provide the mother with relief from pain during pregnancy, may help position the baby in utero and can also assist the mother with postnatal pains.
What adjustment techniques are used for pregnant patients?
We will guide you through the best choices for a healthy and happy pregnancy. Adjustment techniques used on pregnant women are gentler in pressure and are modified by the doctor depending on your health condition.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment to correct sacral subluxation. Chiropractors may use this technique to correct a breech position into a head-down position for a natural delivery. This adjustment balances muscles and ligaments in the woman’s pelvis, and may remove undue tension to the uterus. Thus, offering a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning for a safe, smooth and natural delivery.
How early in the pregnancy should I get adjusted?
We recommend starting chiropractic care as early as the first trimester to improve your overall health and prevent potential discomfort so that you can focus on enjoying a happy and healthy pregnancy.
How often do I need to be adjusted?
The frequency of care is different for each patient. Our doctor will evaluate your health condition and provide a recommended care plan.
Can I receive adjustments throughout my pregnancy?
Chiropractic adjustments can be performed during every stage of pregnancy. As the body changes during pregnancy, the pelvis and spine start to tilt. This can cause spinal and pelvic misalignments, which lead to back, neck, pelvis, and leg pain.
By periodically realigning the spine during pregnancy, you are ensuring that your spine and pelvis remain in their proper alignments, which gives the baby more room to move and grow.
Can chiropractic help with preconception?
Chiropractic care can help during the preconception stage to prepare a woman’s body for pregnancy. Since chiropractic focuses on the nervous system, it can help to ensure the nerves leading to the reproductive organs are functioning optimally. This has allowed some couples who were not successful in conceiving to be able to conceive when undergoing chiropractic care in our clinics. Every case is different, so the doctor will take a detailed case history and exam before advising the case.
Hear From Others
“I was experiencing headaches, neck and lower back pain. After my first adjustment, I noticed some improvement to my headache. I was quite impressed and booked my next session for the following week. It has been 2 months now and the frequency of my headaches has decreased significantly. My neck and lower back pain has reduced as well.”
– Ivory Law
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