Pregnancy is a time of great physical and emotional change for women. As the body adjusts to the growing fetus, women may experience a variety of symptoms such as back pain, headaches, and fatigue. Chiropractic care can provide relief for these symptoms, as well as other benefits for pregnant women.
One of the most common complaints during pregnancy is back pain. As the baby grows, the spine and pelvis must adjust to accommodate the added weight. This can cause strain on the muscles and ligaments, leading to discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments can help to alleviate this pain by realigning the spine and relieving tension in the muscles. According to a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, expectant mothers who received chiropractic care for back pain reported a significant reduction in pain compared to those who received standard medical care.
In addition to back pain, pregnant women may also experience headaches and fatigue. These symptoms can be caused by the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, as well as the physical strain on the body. Chiropractic care can help to alleviate these symptoms by reducing stress on the nervous system and improving overall function. A study published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine found that pregnant women who received chiropractic care reported a significant reduction in headaches and fatigue.
Another benefit of chiropractic care for pregnant women is improved posture. As the baby grows, the center of gravity shifts and women may find themselves slouching or hunching over to compensate. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve posture and reduce strain on the muscles and ligaments. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics found that pregnant women who received chiropractic care had improved posture and balance.
Chiropractic care can also be beneficial during labor and delivery. Regular adjustments can help to keep the pelvis aligned, which can make it easier for the baby to descend and reduce the risk of a difficult delivery. Additionally, some chiropractors use the Webster Technique, a specific adjustment to the pelvis that can help to correct breech presentations. A study published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing found that women who received the Webster Technique had a higher rate of successful vaginal delivery and a lower rate of caesarean section.
Prenatal chiropractic care is also beneficial for the baby. By keeping the mother’s spine and pelvis in proper alignment, the baby has more room to move and develop in the womb. This can also lead to a more comfortable pregnancy for the mother and an easier delivery for the baby. A study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health found that babies of mothers who received chiropractic care during pregnancy had a higher birth weight and were more active.
Overall, chiropractic care can provide a variety of benefits for pregnant women. From relief of common symptoms such as back pain and fatigue, to improved posture and a smoother delivery, chiropractic care can help women to have a more comfortable pregnancy and a healthier baby. If you are pregnant and experiencing discomfort, consider consulting with a chiropractor to see if it is right for you.
It is important to note that pregnant women should always find a chiropractor who has experience in treating pregnant women and is familiar with the specific needs and concerns of this population. Contact us for a full Chiropractic assessment.
- “The Effectiveness of Chiropractic Manipulation on Pregnant Patients with Low-back Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological