Pregnancy is a unique time in a woman’s life filled with new experiences, heightened excitement, mixed emotions and significant physical changes. It’s also a time filled with many unanswered questions.
Regular chiropractic care is an integral part of the prenatal and postpartum care during pregnancy. It helps keep mom feeling good and assists her in coping with the physical stresses of an ever changing body.
Chiropractic care has been known to reduce low back pain and joint pain in pregnant women by utilizing gentle and safe adjusting techniques. Most common symptoms are sciatica and foot pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe for both mother and fetus. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy as far less force is required to correct subluxations. This is due to the increase in hormones causing significant muscle and ligamentous relaxation. Special “adjustive” positions are also used to provide comfort and safety for both mom and fetus.
How Often Should I Receive Chiropractic Care During My Pregnancy?
The frequency of care varies for a number of different reasons. Typically, regular care during a non-complicated pregnancy will range from once per week to once per month.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy Scientific Studies
Low Back Pain During Pregnancy
In this study, researchers identified the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis (frequently “adjusted” by chiropractors) as being responsible for the majority of low back pain cases in pregnancy. This is due to the significant number of hormonal and biomechanical changes occurring in the pelvis during pregnancy. Researchers found 7/10 women were helped by spinal manipulation in this study.
- Bery G, Hammar M, Moller-Nielsen J et al. Obstet and Gynecol, 72:71-75, 1988.
Text Book on Chiropractic & Pregnancy
According to Dr. Fallon, author and internationally recognized “chiropractic pediatrician”, statistics from her office “have demonstrated that chiropractic adjustments effectively reduce the average amount of time spent in labor.” Her data shows a nearly 25% reduction in the average labor times in those receiving chiropractic care versus the generally accepted average labor time – in women who had given birth in the past, there was a 33% reduction in average labor time.
- Fallon J. International Chiropractic Association. 1994 – Arlington, Virginia.
Italian Study on Chiropractic & Pregnancy
- Postpartum pain was relieved in 90 of 120 patients who received chiropractic adjustments.