Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

One of the most important times to receive chiropractic care is during pregnancy. As your body changes to accommodate your growing baby, your center of gravity shifts and so does your spine. This can cause a ripple effect, stressing your musculoskeletal and nervous systems, which can cause pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, chiropractic care offers several benefits, including:

  1. Relieving low back pain and pelvic pain

Studies show that more than 75 percent of pregnant women experience pregnancy-related low back pain, pelvic pain or a combination of the two. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective and drug-free way to manage these and other musculoskeletal symptoms during pregnancy. Adjustments can help correct posture and spinal curvature to keep back pain, hip pain and pelvic pain at bay.

2. Reducing morning sickness

Nausea, or morning sickness, is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms, and it can be highly uncomfortable. Chiropractic care can help reduce nausea and vomiting by realigning the spine and improving nervous system function. If you suspect your nausea is being triggered by heartburn or constipation, chiropractic care can also help improve digestive issues to settle your stomach.

3. Optimizing baby positioning

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help you maintain healthy pelvic balance, so your baby has enough room to freely move head-first into the correct delivery position. During your eighth month of pregnancy, consider making regular chiropractic adjustments a priority to avoid breech presentation and optimize positioning.

4. Improving labor and delivery

Women who want to experience natural childbirth without the use of medications can benefit from chiropractic care during pregnancy to help simplify and improve the birthing experience. Getting regular chiropractic adjustments can help ensure the pelvis, spine and hips are properly aligned for a faster labor and easier delivery.

5. Controlling edema (swelling)

Edema, or water retention, is an all-too-common side effect during pregnancy. In fact, research shows that nearly half of pregnant women will experience this condition, with edema usually occurring in the fingers, face, back, feet and ankles. Chiropractic care can help flush water from the body through a series of spinal adjustments, manipulations and massage techniques.

Even if you’ve gone through most of your pregnancy without seeing a chiropractor, it’s not too late. Perhaps you felt great for eight months but your baby still hasn’t flipped into the proper head-down position and your due date is rapidly approaching. Or, maybe you simply need a little relief during the final home stretch. Rather than toughing it out and waiting until your baby is born, consider adding regular chiropractic care into your routine to get the relief you need.

Please use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment, or call 712-249-8231 for more information.

What to Expect During Your Chiropractic Visit If You’re Pregnant

In many ways, chiropractic care during pregnancy looks a lot like the chiropractic care you receive when you’re not expecting. ç

  1. If you’re new to our practice, you’ll be asked to fill out patient forms about your medical history, your due date and any specific concerns you’d like to address, such as sciatica or low back pain. This is also a good time to review your insurance benefits to see what’s covered.
  2. We’ll conduct a physical assessment to gauge your overall mobility, identify areas of misalignment or dysfunction and create a customized treatment plan.
  3. Depending on your condition, we may recommend a variety of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, trigger point dry needling or soft tissue therapy. If you’re receiving an adjustment, we’ll have you get comfortable face down on a special maternity cushion and then we will provide gentle adjustments. (The health and safety of you and your baby are of the utmost importance, and it’s not necessary to use a great amount of force to achieve positive results.)
  4. After your adjustment, we’ll assess your condition and see how you are feeling. We’ll also encourage you to drink plenty of water to support healthy levels of hydration and give your body the fuel it needs to heal.

How often should expectant mothers receive chiropractic care?

In our office, we see women regularly from preconception through the postpartum period. For those without pain or other symptoms, we recommend coming in twice a month. However, if an expectant mother is experiencing chronic neck/back pain, headaches, digestive issues, sciatica, carpal tunnel or other pregnancy-related symptoms, she may need more frequent adjustments to help alleviate stress from her nervous system.

When is chiropractic care not recommended, and why?

Chiropractic care is generally a safe, effective practice during pregnancy. However, it is not recommended if you are having symptoms of preterm labor. In those cases, it is important to contact your birth provider for the best course of action.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain or discomfort, or you simply want help optimizing baby’s positioning before delivery, contact us or use our online scheduling tool to book an appointment. Or, check out our blog post to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women.