A common question that we get asked is? “Is it safe for my unborn child and myself to see a Chiropractor while I’m pregnant?”
Absolutely!!! Not only is it safe, but also highly beneficial and a great way to relieve added stress caused by the hormonal changes that “loosen” the ligaments, preparing the body for birth, as well as the added weight gain on the spine which can cause vertebral *subluxations. As the system and organs are now providing for two it is essential they are functioning at optimal condition for the baby’s healthy development.
The muscle strains and back pain of pregnancy are very real and can be more than just a nuisance. At least half of all expectant mothers will develop lower back pain at some point during their pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Because of the additional weight, there is an increase in stress on the framework of the body. Chiropractic can also help reduce the occurrence of leg cramps, pain between the shoulder blades, headaches, problems with nausea and digestion while pregnant.
How Chiropractic Helps?
Chiropractic care is a great alternative to over-the-counter and prescription drugs for back pain. Since the chiropractor adjusts the spine to resolve and prevent the cause of back pain, there is no medication involved. Besides making you feel better during pregnancy studies have shown that women who have consistent Chiropractic care throughout their pregnancies have shorter and less painful labors with fewer complications and interventions and less stress on their body.
Wouldn’t you want this if you were pregnant?!?
The birth process, even under natural and controlled conditions is potentially traumatic on a baby. If the delivery of you’re baby involved; prolonged pushing stage, forceps, vacuum extraction or other forms of assisted delivery, the chances of you’re baby having a misalignment (vertebral *subluxation) are great. If the vertebral *subluxations, are big enough, the functioning of the major systems in the body can be compromised and cause health problems in infancy and/or later in life. Eg; feeding / appetite / digestion / sleeping problems, colic and bed-wetting.
The Chiropractic ‘adjustment’ of a young infant’s spine differs from that would be necessary for an adult. The adjustment process is modified to ensure that only the lightest thrust is used to correct the subluxated segments. In fact the amount of pressure used is comparable to the amount of pressure you could press on your closed eyelid without any discomfort.
What can be more important to you as a parent than your child’s health? Getting you’re baby checked regularly by a Chiropractor will ensure your baby the best opportunity to grow and develop at his/her full potential.
*Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.
Vanderslice, K. & Beachum, A. (2017) Reduction of Labor and Delivery Time in a Pregnant Patient Undergoing Subluxation Centered Chiropractic Care. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2017(2), 40-43.
Parker, M. (2019) Resolution of Inability to Latch, Breastfeed, Excessively Recessed Jaw & Plagiocephaly in a Newborn Undergoing Chiropractic Care: A Case Report & Review of Literature. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2019, 71-77.