“Prenatal Chiropractic Care Can Help Ease Pregnancy Symptoms”
Having a baby and growing your family is one of the most amazing experiences you can partake in as a woman. But this experience also comes with many challenges including, pelvic pain, back pain, digestive issues, and joint pain among others. The good news is that pregnancy is temporary, and there are a number of things you can do to be proactive in staying ahead of pain and preparing your body to eventually go through labor. Through the use of chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy that has been tailored to your needs, our team has been able to serve countless women and provide relief to a number of their symptoms.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
There have been no warning signs throughout the time chiropractic adjustments have been performed on pregnant women that would suggest it is in any way unsafe. That being said, there are certain chiropractors that specialize in pre-natal and post-natal care that you might be more comfortable with. Chiropractors who are trained in this area also employ the use of special tables and equipment that will take the pressure off of the abdomen and ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. Your doctor may also prescribe safe stretches and exercises you can do at home to ease your discomfort throughout the pregnancy.
Is Chiropractic Care Necessary?
Ultimately, it will be up to you to decide what is best for your baby and what you will be most comfortable with. During the pregnancy, your body will go through a number of physiological changes to not only make room for the baby but also to prepare your body for birth. Some of these changes include:
- Increased back curve
- Extreme abdominal pressure
- Pelvic changes
- Poor posture
One of the main benefits of seeking prenatal chiropractic care is that your doctor will focus specifically on realigning your pelvis. If your pelvis is tight and misaligned it can cause issues with the baby’s development as well as conditions like sciatica. Pelvic alignment has also been shown to aid in natural birth because the baby is in the correct position and there is plenty of room.
What Are Some Other Benefits of Chiropractic Care?
While it is impossible to completely avoid the common symptoms of pregnancy, the vast majority of them can be managed through the use of chiropractic adjustments, prenatal massage, supplements, and daily exercise. Through all of these avenues you will be able to enjoy a much healthier pregnancy with reduced nausea, less back and joint pain, and faster labor and delivery. Your spine will be under an extraordinary amount of pressure simply due to the fact that your growing belly will constantly be pulling you forward and towards the ground. As you can imagine this creates pain and discomfort throughout your back, which chiropractic adjustments are able to correct.
The most important thing to remember is that you and your chiropractor are partners, with the main goal being a healthy baby and a smooth delivery. Though your body does have everything it needs to grow and nurture a baby, through the use of prenatal chiropractic care our team will be able to compound your body’s response and help you to have the most successful pregnancy possible.
We don’t just want to support you through your pregnancy we want to help you and your family live a happy healthy life. We offer chiropractic services for your whole family and pediatric chiropractic services for after birth. Contact us today to learn how we can help you live your best life today and for many years to come.
Pregnancy and Birth Story
At Radix we believe that pregnancy and birth is one of the most natural things that a women’s body is designed by God to do. That is why when you get adjusted regularly throughout your pregnancy, the pregnant body will work in the perfect way to create a baby, and give birth. Experiencing the pregnancy and birth of your dreams is what we strive to deliver through Chiropractic care! In this section, we will share the pregnancy and birth stories of our Radix mommas who have been under Dr. Ryan’s care during their pregnancy and birth time.
On June 11th on my daughter’s due date at 5 am is when my water broke. Things got real, really fast. My chosen friends and family and doula who came to my house that morning tried to tell me in a gentle way that I was only at the beginning. However, for me, the surges/contractions felt uncomfortable and harder than I was expecting from the beginning. I remember telling my husband alone in the bathroom not to listen to anyone that this baby was coming fast! We were encouraged to labor at home as long as possible. So, most of my birthing time was at home in my living room, and shower. Around 9 am, I got adjusted in our office space at home – and it made a profound impact. The surges became so much more intense and closer together. We were ready to go to the birth center 30 minutes later. When we arrived, I went straight into the bathtub. At that point, I was dilated to a 9. My baby came an hour and a half later. The after-birth experience was incredible. I got to grab my baby out of the water and hold her on my chest. No one was trying to clamp the umbilical cord prematurely. There was no rush. It was peaceful and beautiful to be around like-minded people who were not trying to ‘medicalize’ birth. I felt amazing for the next 3 days – like walking on a cloud and full of joy.
The biggest thing I learned through giving birth is that the expectations you have will have a profound impact on how your birth will turn out. Are you expecting trauma? Are you expecting it to last 48 hours? Or do you believe that birth is one of the most natural experiences that a women’s body is designed to do? The coolest expectations that I had which came to pass was my baby coming ON her due date (which is what I told everyone would happen – not a day earlier or later) And also, it happening fast! There should be zero fear about anything going wrong. Especially with the added confidence of having proper baby positioning from receiving the webster technique which Dr. Ryan is certified in. I truly believe that the environment, mindset, and people who surround you during your birth time matters exponentially.
– Michelle Betz
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often should a pregnant woman go to the chiropractor?
While every woman’s needs are different, generally most expecting mothers will see us once a month during the first trimester, and then every two or three weeks during the second and third trimester. In the last month of pregnancy, when the most discomfort occurs, we will start seeing her about once a week.
Q: Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, there are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy and no known demonstrated risks. Seeking chiropractic care during your pregnancy can help ease the pain and discomfort you experience during pregnancy, as well as help get your body ready for delivery, which is good for both mother and baby.
Q: Can chiropractic adjustments cause miscarriage?
There is very little evidence to suggest that chiropractic adjustments may be linked to miscarriage. Many chiropractors and midwives suggest that chiropractic adjustments might reduce the likelihood of miscarriages, lower your risk of pre-term delivery.
Q: Is chiropractic safe during the third trimester?
Yes, chiropractic adjustments during the third trimester are very common. The third trimester is the best time to start using the Webster Technique, which is a specific sacral adjustment that helps facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system functions. This can help balance her pelvic muscles and reduce torsion to the uterus. These types of adjustments can increase the potential for optimal fetal positioning.
Q: How soon after delivery can you see a chiropractor?
After childbirth, it is best to wait about six weeks before you get your next adjustment as this is how long it takes the relaxant hormones that loosened the body up for childbirth wears off.