Chiropractic and Pregnancy
What are the benefits?
Reduced pain during pregnancy –
With half of all pregnant patients experiencing back pain, chiropractic care has become a common source of relief. In multiple studies, chiropractic care during pregnancy has been proven to be both safe and effective. Studies showed that 75-85% of patients experienced significant relief of their back symptoms while under the care of a chiropractor.
Shorter labor times –
In a review of multiple studies on chiropractic care during pregnancy, it was found that chiropractic care shortened labor times. For first time moms, it was around 25% shorter. For moms who had already had a previous baby, it was around 31% shorter.
Less back labor –
Research has shown that chiropractic adjustments help significantly decrease the incidence of back labor. Patients with lower back pain during pregnancy are at a 300% greater risk of developing back labor during the birth process.
Reducing intrauterine constraint –
By utilizing the Webster Technique, the chiropractor is also able to reduce some of the causes of intrauterine constraint. Why does this matter? Intrauterine constraint restricts the normal movement of the baby inside of the womb. This can cause a baby to become stuck in a “breech” position where the baby has their feet in the downward position instead of their head. Having a baby in the breech presentation ends up with a caesarian section delivery 85% of the time.
Is it safe?
The rates of harm to the mom or baby during a chiropractic adjustment are extremely low. We were unable to locate any solid data that showed any significant harm. It is suspected that the rates of negative side effects are approximately the same as in a traditional chiropractic (non-pregnancy) adjustment. The only common side effect is soreness.
What should I expect?
The first day, we will perform a history and examination. X-rays are rarely utilized while pregnant unless something serious (broken bone, cancer, etc) is suspected. A light initial adjustment would be performed to see how your body responds to care. On your second visit to our office we would sit down with you and discuss what to expect and follow up with a second adjustment after evaluating the effects of the first one.
A typical adjustment utilizes special pregnancy pillows to allow the mother and baby to be safe and comfortable during their adjustment. The doctor will evaluate the spine and adjust as necessary. The Webster Technique will be utilized to help alleviate intrauterine constraint. The average visit lasts around 15 minutes and can work with nearly anyone’s schedule. How often to come in would vary based upon previous history, trauma, symptoms, and how many weeks left until birth.