Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors.
Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body, and they will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physical and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for a growing and developing baby.
The following changes can result in the misalignment of joints in the spine or pelvis:
- Growing abdomen
- Increased curve of the low back
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to seek chiropractic care during pregnancy.
When the pelvis is misaligned, it may reduce the amount of space available for baby to grow and develop. This restriction is known as intrauterine constraint. This constraint can make it difficult for baby to turn and get into the best possible position for delivery, resulting in a breech position.
This can affect the mother's ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide many benefits including:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing labor and delivery time
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?
It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room baby has for developing.
With a balance pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided all together.
Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for difficult labor and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both mom and baby.