Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
Chiropractic is a safe and effective option for any pregnant woman. There are no know contraindications to care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors receive some training to work with pregnant women during school. However, Drs. Megan and Adam Ries have received additional training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).
Table and technique modifications are used with pregnant women to avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen, and to address the specific needs and structural changes experienced during pregnancy.
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Throughout pregnancy, many hormonal and physical changes take place as the baby develops and as mom’s body prepares for labor and delivery. This includes:
- Growing abdomen
- Changes in pelvic structure
- Increased joint laxity
- Postural adaptations
- Increased low back curve
As these changes occur, it can begin to affect the “3 P’s,” POWER, PASSAGE, and PASSENGER.
Power refers to the ability of the uterus, which is largely a muscle, to push the baby out during delivery. This requires the proper nerve supply. Structural shifts in the lower spine can obstruct the nerves to the uterus and affect the efficiency of the uterus.
Passage refers to the bony pelvis which supports the baby during pregnancy and through which the baby passes during delivery. Abnormal shifts within the pelvis lead to abhorrent motion causing increased discomfort for mom. This can also cause constraint on the uterus, and a potentially decreased passage for the baby during delivery.
The Passenger is the baby. If mom has developed a structural shift in her low back or pelvis, it may obstruct the nerve supply which helps control development of the baby during pregnancy.
What are the benefits of care during pregnancy?
Structural chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits such as:
- Reducing labor and delivery time
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Helping to increase fertility
- Relieving back, neck, or joint pain
- Maintaining the “3 P’s”
Does Chiropractic care help with breech positioning?
Chiropractic care does not directly address a baby in breech position. Prenatal care focuses on balancing structural instabilities of a mother’s spine and pelvis. These shifts have a tendency to obstruct normal nerve supply to the uterus and place abnormal strain on muscles and ligaments which surround and attach to the uterus. Restoring proper alignment and normal motion of the mother’s spine and pelvis reduces these stresses and may allow the developing baby to move more freely and into the proper position for delivery.