Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an exciting and transformative time, but it can also come with a variety of physical and emotional challenges. For many women, back pain, headaches, and other symptoms can be a constant source of discomfort. Fortunately, chiropractic care can provide a safe and effective solution for managing these symptoms during pregnancy.

Many pregnant women turn to chiropractic care to alleviate lower back pain, with a survey in South Australia finding that 35.5% of the 1531 responding women suffered from moderately severe low back pain during pregnancy, with two-thirds of this group continuing to experience pain post-pregnancy. Another survey among pregnant women and their caregivers showed that a majority of the women, at 61.7%, and nearly a third of the caregivers, at 36.6%, would endorse using chiropractic care to relieve low back pain. Women who receive spinal manipulation before labour have also reported reduced back pain during delivery.

Chiropractic Care Relieves Pregnancy Pain

One of the main benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy is that it can relieve pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify misalignments in the spine that may be contributing to pain, and they can use gentle techniques to realign the pelvis and improve spinal function. Reducing the overall pressure on nerves, discs, hip joint and pubic joint. Logically it also can help alleviate pain in the back, neck, and other areas, providing much-needed relief during pregnancy.

Pregnancy can cause a shift in a woman’s centre of gravity and an increased curve in the lower back, leading to discomfort and pain. Chiropractors can improve posture by making adjustments to the spine and pelvis, reducing the likelihood of pain and injury.

Chiropractic Care Promotes a Healthy Pregnancy

In addition to relieving pain and improving posture, chiropractic care can also promote a healthy pregnancy. By improving spinal alignment, chiropractors can help ensure that the uterus and pelvis have enough room to accommodate the growing baby, reducing the risk of complications during delivery.

Pregnancy can be a stressful time for many women, and stress can have negative effects on both mother and baby. Chiropractic care can help reduce stress by promoting relaxation and improving overall well-being.

Midwives and Doulas often refer to Chiropractors as they can help to make the birthing process a little smoother for some. Often times its greatest assistance is helping Mum in later stages of pregnancy and adapt to early motherhood, without pain.

An example: Chiropractic Care for Migraines during Pregnancy

Preventive medication for migraines may have side effects that could harm a pregnant person and the developing foetus. As an alternative, a pregnant individual may consider complementary therapy such as chiropractic.

Although there is limited research on the use of chiropractic for migraines during pregnancy, a 2009 case study suggests it may be safe and effective. The study involved a 24-year-old female who had chronic migraines for 12 years and had tried various treatments, including massage therapy, physical therapy, and medication, without success. After receiving spinal manipulation and additional therapies from a chiropractor, her symptoms improved, and she was able to discontinue medication.

How Waterloo Chiropractic Can Help

Waterloo Chiropractic is a musculo-skeletal focused healthcare clinic. We are focused on our patient’s healthcare by providing the highest standards of Chiropractic musculo-skeletal care. 

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to manage pregnancy pain, reduce stress, and promote overall health, and it’s a great option for expectant mothers who are looking for a more natural solution. If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, consider incorporating chiropractic care into your care plan and experience the many benefits it has to offer.

There isn’t a fixed schedule for chiropractic visits during pregnancy, but practitioners suggest regular appointments – approximately monthly – to maintain proper spine alignment. If you have specific aches or pains you want addressed, you may need more frequent visits.

Overall, chiropractic care can play a critical role in promoting a healthy pregnancy by providing natural, non-invasive relief from physical and emotional symptoms. By incorporating chiropractic care into your pregnancy care plan, you can ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy for you and your baby.

If you have a question, feel free to email or call the clinic, we can organise a call back from one of our experienced chiropractors. When it comes to your spine or joints, there is no such thing as a silly question. We are here to help!

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