We're Having a Baby! Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Expecting? Congratulations! Although you are sure to be busy with prenatal appointments, it is important that you take care of your overall health during your pregnancy. Scheduling regular checkups, such as dental and chiropractic, will ensure that you are keeping yourself in tip top shape for you and your soon-to-come baby. During pregnancy, most women experience a number of neuromuscular and biochemical problems which respond favorably to gentle, safe, noninvasive chiropractic care.

The relaxin hormone causes muscle and ligament relaxation, which may easily cause misalignment in joints. Increased weight gain and the change in your weight distribution causes an increased demand and fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles, stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments, lumbar and thoracic spinal curves, and joint stress; all which cause vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments.

The changes your body is going through primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause strains or sprains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal curvatures and spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.

Doctors of chiropractic can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms arising from the muscular, ligamentous, and biomechanical stresses encountered during pregnancy. We accomplish this through the use of a number of highly specialized procedures and techniques:

Gentle spinal adjustments:
Specifically designed for use in the pregnant female to assist in maintaining a spine free from vertebral misalignments and fixations, keep pelvis and spine in correct position, assist in pain relief, keep tissues and biomechanics functioning optimally to minimize complications during birth;

Therapeutic exercises and stretches:
Safe for use during pregnancy to help keep spinal musculature strong, balanced, and pain-free, enable spinal muscles to maintain the spine and body in a neutral, correct posture, keep mom active and mobile;

Soft tissue work:
Massage, trigger point work, soft tissue mobilization to keep muscles relaxed and flexible, reduces bouts of muscle aches and pains, reduces spinal stress;

Dietary and nutritional counseling:
Unique to each pregnant mother to help to prevent neural tube and other birth defects, increase the chances for a healthy baby, assist the mother in maintaining optimal energy levels, keep mother happy and healthy during stressful periods;

General pregnancy information:
General info on pregnancy to answer mother's questions, improve mother's health, optimize the birthing process, and enhance the baby's health.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only safe for both mother and fetus, but beneficial to both of you during this important process. Spinal adjustments are especially gentle during pregnancy as far less force is required to correct subluxations. This is due to the increase in hormones causing significant muscle and ligamentous relaxation. Special "adjustive" positions are also used to provide comfort and safety for both mom and fetus.

Ask your Chiropractic Doctor for more information about an overall wellness care program that may include: spinal adjustments, conjunctive therapies, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice, and other conservative methods of care based on your health history, current health condition, age, and lifestyle.