Chiropractic when it comes to traditional medicine is fairly new that despite of its widespread acceptance around the world and having an international body regulating chiropractors, it is still considered as an alternative medicine.
If you are new to the site or to the concept of chiropractic itself, chiropractic care is the health maintenance of your spinal column, the discs that support it, the surrounding nerves, muscles, and bones without requiring medication and surgery.
For some the concept of chiropractic care for pregnant women can be a scary thought since chiropractic is usually associated with someone cracking your bones. Rest assured there are actually certifications that chiropractors must get in order to treat pregnant women.
But is chiropractic care during the next 9 months safe?
I’m sooooo glad to have discovered Chirokare Spine and Nerve Clinic because the back pain my pregnancy is giving me was so torturous 😭. My gynae said I should see a chiropractor, and I wished I went to one earlier cuz I didn’t know that chiropractic care is not only safe for pregnant women, but actually beneficial for pregnancy and even labor! After one session with Dr Kim today I felt almost instantly much much better (I can walk straight again!!!). There was no pain at all and the adjustment itself was very gentle! Of course it’s not a one time fix all thing, I’m really looking forward for next adjustment sessions! Thanks for having me! #chiropractic #pregnancywoes #27w2d
Be assured that it is safe as throughout the history of chiropractic care, there have been no cases of malpractice or the misuse of techniques by any chiropractor that endangered the life of the mother or their baby inside. Since the many advancements in techniques and theories, chiropractors are trained to working with pregnant women. Some chiropractors go to even more lengths of certification to be qualified for postnatal care for both the mother and their babies.
Why Should I have chiropractic care while I’m pregnant?
During the next 9 months, your body will undergo a lot of physiological changes to prepare you as you carry to term your baby.
The following changes usually happens:
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
- Increased curve along the back
- Protruding abdomen
These changes will put a limit to a woman’s body and will cause a lot of discomfort and back pain especially if you choose to remain active during your entire term.
Also any misalignments and imbalances along your pelvic area will restrict the amount room available as your baby develops which in turn will also hinder the baby’s opportunity to get into the best position possible for delivery.
The nervous system mainly branches out from the brain down the spinal column then towards the entire body. If for any instance the spinal column because misaligned due to the pregnancy plus maybe a bad sleeping position, there is a big possibility for pinched nerves, which when it happens will hinder the body from functioning properly which can add risk and endanger both the mother and the unborn child.
In addition to making sure that the above things do not happen, regular chiropractic care has some added benefits:
- Chiropractic care has been said to be helpful in relieving nausea.
- Chiropractors can help relieve pain along the back, the hips and the different joints in the body.
- Chiropractors can guide and help pregnant women remain healthier and be stress-free especially in moments where the women think that they might be resting but in fact their position and posture is giving a lot of undue stress to their body and to the baby.
When should I not have chiropractic care during my pregnancy?
We often forget to ask this question, so we asked them for you. Throughout the article, we have been encouraging you to get chiropractic care during your pregnancy, but what are the instances when we should forego chiropractic care? If you are experiencing the following, please see your OBGY immediately: cramping, sudden onset of pelvic pain, moderate to severe toxemia, placenta previa, ectopic pregnancy, vaginal bleeding, placenta abruption, rupture amniotic membranes, and premature labor.
The end all be all is this: we care for your health and your baby’s health during the entire course of your pregnancy and that you don’t have to be in so much pain and discomfort frequently during that entire period.