Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Ensure Chiropractic Care for A Healthy Pregnancy

It is important to have a healthy spine for proper response from all parts of your body, especially during pregnancy. Chiropractic care has a variety of health benefits for women in all stages of pregnancy, including pre-conception and post-birth. Chiropractors can assist with fertility function, aches and pains, easier labor and delivery and even breech deliveries. Chiropractic care can result in a simpler, more enjoyable pregnancy for both mother and baby.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic care can help prepare the body to be strong, healthy and balanced throughout pregnancy. Seeing a chiropractor throughout your pregnancy can result in potential benefits such as:

  • Healthier and easier pregnancy
  • Reduction of aches and pains
  • Help with symptoms of nausea
  • Improved energy
  • Easier labor and deliveries

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care is a form of physical therapy for the spinal column and joints. There are no surgeries or drugs involved. The practice is focused on reducing stress on the spinal nerves, maintaining proper joint alignment, and promoting general health. As such, chiropractic treatment is typically understood as a safe and effective form of healthcare for pregnant women.

Regular chiropractic care can help alleviate pain and maintain the health of the pelvis, hips, back, and joints throughout the body. This can help facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy, and even potentially easier labor and a smoother delivery.

As with any other type of treatment, you should obtain approval from your OB-GYN before receiving chiropractic care during early pregnancy or in any trimester. Only work with a licensed chiropractor trained in the field’s updated prenatal techniques. These include the use of adjustable treatment tables to fit comfortably through all nine months of growth.

Benefits of Chiropractor While Pregnant

Numerous physical and hormonal changes happen throughout a pregnancy that can impact a woman’s posture and overall comfort. These significant changes can cause misalignments of joints or the spine, leading to back or joint pain. Some other body changes that can cause pregnant women discomfort and that can be alleviated through routine chiropractic care include:

  • Posture Changes

Chiropractic evaluation and treatment, including therapeutic exercises, is highly effective for many people in correcting posture problems and relieving the associated pain.

  • Pelvic Changes

Adjustments to improve balance and align the spine and pelvis can help promote a healthy pregnancy to benefit both the mother and baby.

  • Increased Curve of the Back

Chiropractic evaluation and treatment including spinal adjustments and corrective exercises can help modify posture to relieve pressure on disks and pain caused by it.

  • Nausea

In addition to alleviating joint and muscle pain, routine chiropractic care can help in controlling nausea in pregnant women.

  • Muscle Tension

Your chiropractor can provide you with stretches and massage therapy to relieve tension in muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective membranes to relieve discomfort.

Is Chiropractic Right for Me During My Pregnancy?

If you have been experiencing pain in your back, neck, hip, or joints during your pregnancy and are considering chiropractic treatment, consult with your OB-GYN before seeing a chiropractor. Your doctor will help you determine whether chiropractic care is appropriate during your particular pregnancy. If so, your doctor can recommend a chiropractor in your area and provide you with a referral.

Chiropractic treatment is not usually recommended for pregnant women who are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:

  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Moderate to severe toxemia
  • Placental abruption
  • Placenta previa

The Webster Technique

This procedure involves an evaluation by a chiropractor of the alignment of the sacrum and the pelvis and adjustments to reposition the sacrum into the proper alignment. Massaging and stretching the ligaments of the uterus at their points of attachment to the abdominal wall are performed as part of the Webster Technique as well.

Your OB-GYN will direct you on the best course of action if such corrective treatment is indicated in your case, and she/he will provide a referral to the appropriate care provider.

Chiropractic Care Before, During and After Pregnancy

Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, can benefit from the prenatal and postnatal care of a chiropractor. Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a regular menstrual cycle optimum uterine function, and restores proper nerve function and supply to reproductive organs, thus helping infertility. During pregnancy the body goes through many changes that can result in a misaligned spine or aches and pains. By establishing proper alignment during pregnancy, women can help accommodate their growing baby, reduce aches pains, help decrease labor time and have an easier pregnancy. Chiropractic care can also help new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding, produce more milk, and decrease postpartum depression.

Chiropractic Care and Your Baby

It is normal to be concerned about the wellness of your baby during pregnancy. Chiropractic techniques can help mothers accommodate a healthy baby and body. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe for both mother and baby.

If you are not yet familiar with chiropractic care during pregnancy, ask your health care provider about the benefits of naturally improving and promoting health and function.

If your OB-GYN has recommended chiropractic care during your pregnancy, call Advanced Health Chiropractic at (248) 813-0500, or contact us here online for an appointment.