Is chiropractic care safe for pregnant women? Short answer: yes. An increasing number of physicians and OB-GYNs have recognized the importance of chiropractic care during pregnancy and recommend their expectant patients to chiropractors. There are several reasons why, but it’s mostly because the changes that happen in a woman’s body when she’s pregnant lead to a number of physical complaints that can cause pain and discomfort.
When a woman is expecting, there’s an imbalance created by the additional weight on her stomach, especially when her term nears. This leads to low back pain, one of the most common complaints proffered by pregnant women. The severity of the pain varies; some barely feel it while others can be bedridden because of it. When the woman’s breasts begin to produce milk after the birth of the baby, the back pain often intensifies due to the increased weight and strain on the neck and shoulders. Since most medications are contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing, the woman could suffer for a long time, impacting the quality of her life, and the holistic happiness of her family.
Some OB-GYNs tell their patients to wait these problems out, as they are often considered a natural consequence of pregnancy. With chiropractic care, however, this pain can certainly be managed and reduced. Chiropractors do spinal manipulation to correct for the added weight and they have specific treatments that can be used, depending upon how far along the woman is in her pregnancy.
Migraine sufferers who get pregnant also find chiropractic care a lot of help. Since they often can’t take their medications during pregnancy, they often face debilitating pain without their painkillers. Chiropractors can treat headaches and migraines, and a number of women continue chiropractic care for this condition even after pregnancy, finding it more effective than medications to reduce pain.
There are other benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women. A regular adjustment can:
• Promote a healthier pregnancy
• Maintain pelvic balance
• Reduce nausea and morning sickness
• Relax the ligaments supporting the uterus, thus facilitating easier delivery and reduced time of labor
• Provide back and neck pain relief
• Prevent the development of more serious conditions like sciatica, and
• Increase the likelihood of natural birth.
While all chiropractors are trained to address the complaints of pregnant women, it would still be beneficial to seek out a specialist on prenatal care.