Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy

Feb 5, 2013

More women are choosing chiropractic care and adjustments to help have smoother pregnancies. Chiropractors can help to provide therapeutic stretches and exercises to expectant mothers, and they can provide alignments that can reduce muscle tension and pain. Chiropractic adjustments can also relieve lower back pain that often affects many pregnant women.

Why Choose Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy?

Pregnant women go through a variety of changes during pregnancy that are designed to create an ideal environment for the baby’s development.

Some of those changes could result in problems with alignment of the joints and spine:

  • Postural adaptations
  • Changes with the pelvis
  • Increased back curvature
  • Protruding abdomen

Chiropractic care can help to establish better pelvic balance during pregnancy. A misaligned pelvis can reduce the available room for the baby while he or she develops, resulting in intrauterine constraint.

This can also cause difficulties in the mother’s ability to have a natural birth, as it is harder for the baby to move into the optimal position for a vagina delivery.

Is Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy Safe?

Chiropractors are specially trained to work with pregnant women, and there are no known problems associated with pregnancy and chiropractic care.

Chiropractors often use tables that are specifically created for the adjustment of a pregnant woman’s body. They can also use certain techniques that reduce unnecessary pressure on the stomach region.

Are There Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic treatment or care throughout pregnancy can provide multiple benefits for pregnant women. Some of these possible benefits include:

  1. Preventing a possible cesarean delivery
  2. Helping to offset new distribution of weight
  3. Counterbalancing the relaxing hormone
  4. Relieving pain of the joints, neck, and back
  5. Reducing the total time of delivery and labor
  6. Relieving spinal subluxation and lower back pain
  7. Controlling symptoms of morning sickness, especially nausea
  8. Maintaining an overall healthier pregnancy

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