PREGNANCY RELATED CHIROPRACTIC CARE
- Annette McGary
Congratulations on this very exciting time in your life! Whether this is you first pregnancy or your fourth, I am sure you have many questions and concerns about chiropractic care during pregnancy. I routinely work with pregnant women and use techniques to avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. I am well-versed in the needs of pregnant women and will provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy and that will compliment any adjustments I make to your spine.
Chiropractic is safe and beneficial for both mother and baby.
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joint:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy may provide benefits for women who are pregnant.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing unneeded cesarean section
Is it difficult to be adjusted while you are pregnant?
Not at all. I have been trained to adjust the spines of pregnant women and use special techniques that will not put pressure on your abdomen.
How late in my pregnancy can I be adjusted?
I have adjusted patients during labor, which is when a lot of shifting happens in the mother’s pelvic area.
Should I wait until I have a problem to see a chiropractor?
Not at all. Chiropractic care should be used as a preventative measure. Periodic spinal checkups will help you feel better throughout your pregnancy and allow you to have a safer, easier delivery.