Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Before, during and after birth
Chiropractic care can be started at any time before, during or after your pregnancy. During this time, weight-bearing changes occur and this can cause an added stress to the spine. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can not only help you to stay more comfortable, but can also help to facilitate your birth.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to significantly reduce the length of time a woman goes through labour. First time mums averaged a 25% shorter labour, while mothers who had already given birth experienced a 39% reduction in the average labour time (compared to controls – Fallon, 1991).
Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can also reduce the likelihood of experiencing back pain (Diakow, 1991). Regular chiropractic adjustments can safely continue up until the time of birth and thereafter, helping you and your baby achieve a happier and healthier pregnancy and delivery.
When women discover that they are pregnant, many become conscious of eating healthier, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, exercising and getting proper sleep, however, many are unaware of the importance chiropractic care can have in this overall process.
50% of women complain about low back pain during pregnancy, particularly due to ligament laxity and the protruding abdomen. By relieving the discomfort, many women experience a much easier and stress free pregnancy.
The many advantages of chiropractic care are not limited to pregnancy, but are especially beneficial during delivery. Patients report that their deliveries while under chiropractic care are faster and more comfortable than during prior pregnancies. Dr. Per Fretag MD, an American Orthopaedist, conducted a hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during the patients’ pregnancies. The study concluded that the need for pain killers during delivery was reduced by 50% for those patients receiving the adjustments.
Chiropractic Care throughout pregnancy removes interference to the mothers nervous system, boosting baby development and uterine function. It balances her pelvis, eliminating undue tension to muscles and ligaments and enhancing optimal fetal positioning.