Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Did you know that chiropractic care can help with pregnancy?

Two American Chiropractic Association (ACA) members recently contributed to articles about the services provided by doctors of chiropractic during pregnancy.

Melissa A. Bartoszewski, DC, wrote an article on the subject for The Natural News Network in which she talked about the drug-free relief for low-back pain that chiropractic care provides.

Robert Bergeron, DC, appeared on his local CBS affiliate, KXII-TV, where he mentioned that chiropractic can reduce labor time by five to nine hours. “You don’t want to take medication while you’re pregnant, obviously,” said Bergeron. “So we treat a lot of women for problems with their lower back all the way up to term. It’s very, very safe and it actually helps reduce problems with labor and delivery because the pelvis is kept mobile so it can expand for the birth of the baby.” (Chiropractic Economics, 2012)

Pamper yourself with regular chiropractic care.
Many new mothers state that they find their labor shorter and experience less discomfort if they’ve received chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy.

Modifications to traditional adjusting techniques can make chiropractic adjustments for pregnant moms easy and more comfortable, enabling them to have less discomfort as they move through the stages of pregnancy.

As a baby grows, the center of gravity for the mother changes, and in doing so it changes the loading patterns that affect the spine. During pregnancy, rapid fetal development , hormonal changes and their resulting laxity of connective ligaments and the increase in low back curve may cause a pregnant woman to experience low back pain, and even mid back and neck pain from the compensatory curves that develop.

Chiropractic care can be quite helpful.
Besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience, chiropractic care helps normalize nervous system function.  This is an important component of overall good health.

The benefits of chiropractic care may also be noticed during delivery.  Many chiropractic new mothers report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries they had experienced prior to chiropractic care!

Our Doctors of Chiropractic will take special precautions with your during your pregnancy.

Modifications to the adjusting table and/or to the adjusting techniques are made during each stage of pregnancy, these stages often being related to many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy and labor.  Pamper yourself and your baby with regular chiropractic checkups.

Begin or continue healthy habits.
Women who exercise moderately, quit smoking, eat healthy foods, and avoid alcohol during their pregnancies are to be congratulated.  Those receiving prenatal chiropractic checkups can improve their neuromusculoskeletal function to optimize their overall health before they deliver.  This is an important element in creating a healthy foundation of developing babies.

Regular chiropractic checkups, along with other healthy habits, create the best opportunity for a healthy, happy baby.