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Is Chiropractic safe for pregnant women?

May 22, 2020

Category: Northcote Chiropractor

Another Chiropractic question a lot of people are asking; “Is Chiropractic safe for pregnant women?” The answer is YES.

When performed properly, chiropractic care is very safe and often alleviates symptoms like muscle tightness and sciatica commonly seen in pregnancy. Chiropractors are taught how to modify their techniques to accommodate for all trimesters of pregnancy when the belly is expanding.

The chiropractor is aware of laxity to ligaments which occur in late pregnancy and use lighter force to adapt to this. However, comprehensive modifications are taught at Chiropractic university and most Chiropractors are happy to help pregnant women. The Chiropractor can help with many symptoms that come with rapid weight gain, widening pelvis and altered sleep.

Chiropractic evaluation and treatment during pregnancy is considered to be a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms that affect pregnant patients. It’s also important to maintain pelvic balance, which is oftentimes thrown off as your belly grows and your posture changes. Besides making you feel better during pregnancy, getting regular chiropractic adjustments can also help control nausea, prevent a potential C-section and has even been linked to reducing the amount of time some women spend in labor.

I often overhear my staff reassure patients over the phone that Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe. Let me go further to say it is even helpful as this is an uncomfortable time that places forces on the spine and muscles in your back. It may be helpful to answer some of the questions around safety and chiropractic care during pregnancy. It is absolutely safe to get chiropractic care throughout pregnancy as all chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women. Primarily due to the weight gain, many seek chiropractic care to relieve back or neck pain. More importantly, chiropractic care helps maintain or improve the balance and alignment in your spine and pelvis.

Can Help avoid having a Breech baby!

Chiropractic care helps your baby assume/resume to the optimal birthing position and hence reduces the risk of having a breech baby. Most babies settle head down, but as they keep moving in the uterus, it becomes even tougher during birth to control their safety. That is approximately 96% of all babies are vertex. Breech presentation means buttocks and/or feet first which is not normal as it may injure or cause death to your baby. Thus, getting regular chiropractic care can result in comfortable pregnancy and delivery for both the mother and her baby. This kind of care essentially stimulates the nervous system which enables the proper functioning of the reproductive organs.

Chiropractic adjustment during pregnancy

Our technique reduces the interference to the nervous system and helps in balancing the pelvis, muscles, and ligaments. Any intrauterine constraints are relieved which allows the fetus to move freely which prevents breech births. This specific sacral adjustment facilitates mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function and reduces the torsion to the uterus. Due to the constant baby’s movement, a flip can even happen as late as 39 weeks into pregnancy, but anytime after 35 weeks, the chances of success are reduced due to the availability of limited space for mobility in the womb.

Reduces lower back pain

The growing weight along with your baby becomes a reason for this lower back pain you are having. It increases the curvature of the lower back and unbalances the pelvis. Getting periodic chiropractic adjustments can save the day.

Helps recover faster

Though the changes (during pregnancy and delivery) like ligaments and tendons becoming loose are normal, it needs proper care. Basically, the body is preparing for the baby’s delivery. After which, these ligaments tighten within eight weeks with the joints returning to their normal positions. Sometimes, these joints do not return to their comfortable positions which can result in headaches and chronic lower back pain. For this, chiropractic adjustments can help align your joints so that the ligaments tighten correctly. Hence, it reduces the chances of post-pregnancy back-pain and headaches.

Pregnancy is often a highly stressful period and many patients are fearful that chiropractic care will be harmful to their baby. In truth, it is helpful to both mother and child

Here are the following reasons why chiropractic care can be effective for pregnant women:

It is a natural process

The chiropractor aims to create the necessary environment to stimulate the healing process safely. Since the nervous system controls the cells and organs in the body, chiropractors use adjustments that help in aligning the spine. Chiropractic care helps patients experience relief from lower back pain, joint pain, and headaches.

Chiropractors are well-trained

Chiropractors provide the care and adjustments that patients need to alleviate the joint and low back pain. The procedures are handled by professionals who train and pass the necessary exams to obtain the license that allows them to provide the services to patients. Pregnancy wellness and fertility are core areas that the chiropractors care for and exercise with caution, so as not to harm the baby. Certain doctors specialize in prenatal and postnatal care to help in dealing with infertility and pregnancy wellness.

Safety is guaranteed

A chiropractor who specializes in treating patients who are pregnant can provide the patient with specific stretches and exercises that are safe during the pregnancy period. During chiropractic care, chiropractors use tables that adjust to accommodate the body of a pregnant woman.

Supports natural birth

Chiropractic care helps to maintain a healthy pregnancy by controlling common symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea. Undertaking chiropractic procedures also provides relief from neck, joint, and back pain which are common issues that women face during pregnancy. Additionally, the adjustments reduce the time taken during labor and delivery.

When the pelvis is misaligned, it can be difficult for the baby to get into a proper position for delivery. Chiropractic care helps align the pelvis, thus increasing the room available for the baby to develop. The baby not being in the best position can decrease the likelihood of having a natural birth, leading to interventions such as C-sections.

Regular adjustments during pregnancy are beneficial in relieving spiral pressure caused by the weight gain as the pregnancy progresses. Chiropractic care aids in maintaining the proper pelvic alignment as the belly grows during pregnancy. The chiropractic adjustments help to improve the posture, which can become affected throughout the course of the pregnancy. Thus, visiting a chiropractor is safe during pregnancy to support a healthy pregnancy, alleviate pregnancy symptoms, and to reduce the time spent during labor and delivery.

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