Chiropractic care is an essential part of a woman’s prenatal care. The most common physical complaint expectant mothers have during pregnancy is musculoskeletal pain. This is quite understandable considering the stress the body undergoes as our hormones cause significant ligament relaxation and our centre of gravity continuously changes with the growth of the rapidly developing fetus.
Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can be very effective in alleviating the pain and discomfort of the added biomechanical stresses of pregnancy that often manifest as back pain, sciatica, upper back and neck pain, and headaches.
Not only is chiropractic relieving for the mom, but it can increase the comfort of the fetus as well. If imbalances exist in the pelvis, the unborn child’s environment can become confined or restricted, and may affect his/her ability to move around in his/her watery playground. Ultimately, this constraint can prevent the ideal positioning of the baby for birth. Some studies have actually shown that labour time is reduced in women under chiropractic care, most likely due to the reduction of pelvic and spinal restrictions and irritations.
Is it Safe?
People often wonder if chiropractic is safe during pregnancy, and the answer is a resounding “YES”! Many modifications in our technique, special pillows, and changes in our tables allow for gentle adjustments that are safe and comfortable for both mom and baby.
When Should I Make an Appointment?
You don’t have to be experiencing any problems in pregnancy to make an appointment with a chiropractor. Ideally it can be used as a preventative measure to reduce the discomfort in the later stages of pregnancy. Frequency of treatments can vary depending on the case, but it is typically suggested to make an appointment as regularly as your monthly medical check-ups in early pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, a higher frequency of visits is often required due to more rapid postural changes combined with more relaxed ligaments.
After the delivery of the baby, chiropractic can also help in the mother’s post-natal care, restoring a state of balance to the pelvis and spine.