Chiropractic care is an essential part of a woman’s prenatal care both for treatment of body pains and to best prepare the pregnant person for birth. 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 baby.
Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can be very effective in alleviating the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy such 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 baby as well. If imbalances exist in the pelvis, the environment can become confined or restricted, and limit the baby’s ability to move into the correct position. Some studies have even shown that labour time is reduced in women under chiropractic care.
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, and will be customized to your needs. Most commonly, women chose to book their first appointment after the 12-week mark.
Chiropractic care can also be helpful following birth, as your body just went through the single most athletic event of its lifetime. Treatment can help with postural pains, core strength, pelvic floor control, and helping you feel strong. This in turn allows you to take care of your baby pain free, and helps you be the mom your baby needs.