Aches and pains in the lower back and abdomen are part of the experience for many pregnant women. In fact, approximately half of pregnant women will, at some point before they deliver, experience back pain. Fortunately, relief may be found with chiropractic care. Having chiropractic care during pregnancy may result in these benefits.
Is Chiropractor Care Safe During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care doesn’t involve drugs or surgery, instead it is the maintenance of the spinal column and the adjustment of joints that are misaligned, reducing spinal nerve stress and promoting health throughout the body.
Throughout the world, more than one million chiropractic adjustments are performed every day, and complications are rare. Chiropractic care is believed to be safe during pregnancy, but under certain circumstances, chiropractic care may not be a good idea.
Before seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy always get your doctor’s approval. If you are experiencing any of the following, chiropractic care is generally not recommended:
- vaginal bleeding
- ectopic pregnancy
- placenta previa or placenta abruption
- moderate to severe toxemia
While all chiropractors receive pregnancy-related training, some specialize in prenatal care. Ask if prenatal care is their specialty or obtain a referral from your doctor.
Chiropractors will use adjusting tables to accommodate the growing bellies of pregnant women, as well as techniques that won’t place pressure on the abdomen.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
You’ll experience many hormonal and physical changes during your pregnancy, with some of them impacting on your posture and comfort. Your center of gravity starts to shift as your baby becomes heavier, with your posture adjusting accordingly, possibly resulting in a misaligned spine or joints.
You may find other uncomfortable changes during pregnancy might include:
- a protruding abdomen increasing the curve of your back
- pelvic changes as your body starts preparing for labor
- adjustments to your posture
These issues can be addressed with regular visits to a chiropractor during your pregnancy. Besides pain relief, adjustments designed to restore balance and pelvis and spine alignment will do so much more for you than just make you feel better.
First speak to your doctor if you’re considering chiropractic care because of the back, hip, or joint pain you are experiencing in your pregnancy. They can recommend a qualified local chiropractor and help you decide if chiropractic care is right for you and your unborn baby.
Chiropractic care is usually safe and effective during pregnancy. Besides managing pain in your back, hips and joints, it also establishes pelvic balance. Providing your baby with as much space as possible during pregnancy. This may give you a faster, easier labor and delivery. Contact Innovative Chiropractic in Mill Creek with any questions.