Chiropractic During Pregnancy

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ChiropractorsChiropractors are trained, non-surgical medical professionals who focus on realigning the body. By focusing on the nervous system, chiropractors treat musculoskeletal conditions as well as back pain, joint pain, neck pain, strains, herniated discs, and sprains among other issues.

To become a licensed chiropractor, an individual must possess a pre-medical undergraduate degree. Then, they must obtain another four year degree, focusing on the science of chiropractic care. During this time, they undergo extensive training regarding neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Generally, these rigorous programs require professionals to complete clinical trainings and internships. All chiropractors receive training in regards to pregnant women; however many obtain additional certification in fertility and pre- and post-natal care.

It is essential to always check the license of any medical professional. A qualified chiropractor should be able to produce his or her certifications, as well as references from patients. Incorrect manipulation of the body’s joints and muscles can result in increased pain to pregnant women. So it’s a good idea to speak to former clients who were pregnant at the time they received chiropractic services.

 
 

 

During pregnancy, a woman’s body changes greatly, and these changes can result in discomfort and pain. As the baby grows, the lower back and pelvis must adjust accordingly, which can put stress on both the body’s muscles and joints. The larger the uterus expands, the more a woman’s center of gravity changes, which also affects her posture and ability to walk, adding further stress to the muscles and joints. A certified chiropractor can ease these discomforts by realigning the body and decreasing the stress on the nervous system.

Women may seek out chiropractors to address a variety of issues relating to pregnancy, labor and post-delivery. Generally, chiropractic sessions offer patients tremendous pain management techniques. Pain greatly influences a woman’s birthing experience; if a woman knows how to manage her pain, it increases the likelihood that her birth experience will be a positive one. Several studies have supported findings that if a woman can manage her labor pains, she can decrease the labor’s length.   A more relaxed and confident birthing mother is less likely to experience high stress levels, which can lead to a C-section. Chiropractors can assist women with a variety of issues, including:

  • Maintaining a healthy, more comfortable pregnancy
  • Minimizing joint or back pain
  • Dealing with weight gain
  • Facilitating a quicker recovery postpartum
  • Turning a breech baby
  • Attempting to prevent a C-section
  • Wishing to avoid medical interventions before, during and after labor

With so many changes occurring during pregnancy, many women find chiropractic techniques beneficial with easing discomfort. Regular sessions can also improve overall posture, which is very beneficial as the baby places extra weight on the spinal bones and muscles. This medical practice essentially helps a mother’s body adapt to the new physiological and endocrinological changes more smoothly.

Specifically in regards to pregnancy, a chiropractor can help the body accommodate the ever-expanding uterus, which ultimately helps the baby to be in a better position. By relieving stress and correcting alignment for the spinal and pelvic ligaments, a chiropractor decreases not only pain but also works to help the body correctly distribute new weight. Several studies support using the Webster chiropractic technique to naturally turn a breech baby. By relieving intrauterine constraints caused by pelvic misalignment, intrusive medical procedures are often unnecessary. The Webster technique also helps relieve pain during delivery as well as postnatal pains.

Regular chiropractic sessions assist women in having a more comfortable pregnancy and labor experience. Regular sessions not only benefit the mother, but the baby as well as they can help the baby move into better positions throughout the pregnancy. Chiropractic services can be expensive, and may not be covered by insurance, so each woman needs to weigh the benefits of this service against her budget.

 

 

 

Photo Kathryn FooterKathryn is a baby-wearing, cloth diapering, DIY mom to her quickly growing and pretty cute toddler.  When she isn't researching and writing about natural approaches to pregnancy and parenting, she's acting out her favorite children's books or singing off-key made-up songs.