Why Should I Have Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a time when postural and hormonal changes occur in preparation for the birth process.

These changes can results in spinal fixations which may cause discomfort. They may also change the position of the pelvis limiting the room for your baby to grow comfortably . This restriction is called intrauterine constraint and can make it difficult for your baby to get into a good position for birth. A Baby who is not in a good position may result in a more difficult labour and a more traumatic birth for both mum and baby.

It has been reported that approximately 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy.  Chiropractic care for back pain during pregnancy has shown to be both safe and effective. 75% of pregnant women found relief from pain following chiropractic care .(1)

Poor birth position such as being posterior, transverse or breech could increase the chance of musculoskeletal trauma to your baby as  forceps, vacuum extraction or a caesarean section may be required.

Having chiropractic care during pregnancy encourages better posture and a  good alignment of the pelvis. It relaxes the pelvic floor muscles at rest, and may help you have a natural vaginal delivery.  Chiropractic  care could have a preventative effect against future pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence . (2)

Having regular chiropractic care during the third trimester in first time mums may shorten labour time by 25%. Mums who have already had a previous birth have on average a 31% shorter labour time. (3-4)

Chiropractic care post birth is important as the birth process may cause pelvic misalignments. The pelvis may separate and twist during childbirth. Realigning the pelvis may prevent a misaligned pelvis for carrying the next baby, future back pain and help the pelvic floor muscles. The body has several post birth Postural changes as the baby is no longer in the womb and the breast become engorges with milk. Breast feeding and nursing your baby often results in forward shoulder posture and upper back pain.

Prevention is much better than cure!

References:

  1. Diakow P.R.P., Gadsby T.A., Gadsby J.B., Gleddie J.G., Leprich D.J., Scales A.M Back pain during pregnancy and labor. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1991;14(2):116-118
  2. Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study. JMPT 2016
  3. J.M. Fallon. Textbook on chiropractic & pregnancy. Arlington, VA: International Chiropractic Association; 1994: 52, 109.
  4. Fallon J.M. Chiropractic and pregnancy: a partnership for the future. ICA Int Rev Chiropr. 1990;46(6): 39-4