PRIOR TO PREGNANCY:
. Chiropractic may assist in being able to conceive .
. Aligning the spine and helping posture is a great way to start the 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.
Pelvic misalignments may limit 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.
. 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)
. Chiropractic care could have a preventative effect against future pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence . (2)
. Having regular chiropractic care 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)
WHY CHIROPRACTIC AFTER BIRTH
. 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 breasts become engorged with milk.
. Breast feeding and nursing your baby often results in forward shoulder posture and upper back pain.
- 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
- Pelvic floor functional changes with spinal manipulation in pregnant and non-pregnant women: A pilot study. JMPT 2016
- J.M. Fallon. Textbook on chiropractic & pregnancy. Arlington, VA: International Chiropractic Association; 1994: 52, 109.
- Fallon J.M. Chiropractic and pregnancy: a partnership for the future. ICA Int Rev Chiropr. 1990;46(6): 39-4