Why it’s important (and safe) to see a Chiropractor during pregnancy

Why it’s important (and safe) to see a Chiropractor during pregnancy

Chiropractic care has been shown to be safe for mother and unborn baby (1).

Regular adjustments result in a less stressful pregnancy and a less uncomfortable delivery.(2)

Correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labour with less pain and trauma for mother and child and may significantly reduce labour time.

Having your spine checked by a Chiropractor ensures your pelvis is sitting correctly to allow optimum room for baby to grow and move.

But Birthing is the most natural thing in the world – why would I need a Chiropractor?

This is a very good question.

Previous falls or accidents as well as a sedentary job or lifestyle can lead to weakening of the muscles in the pelvis as well as poor posture.

Hormonal changes and weight gain may also exacerbate previous injuries.

Almost half of all pregnant women experience back pain(3) and approximately 20% of pregnant women experience pelvic girdle pain(4).

The maternal body undergoes many structural changes to accommodate the growing foetus during pregnancy.

These changes profoundly impact the daily function of the expectant mother as pregnancy progresses.

Pregnancy induces some key changes to the skeletal structure of the body.

Ligaments stretch and soft tissues become more hydrated.

A properly aligned spine promotes a balanced and optimally functioning nervous system.

Research proves that removing interference from the spine and nervous system improves a mother’s chances for a healthier, shorter, and more successful birthing process.

“Spinal adjusting is a vital, very safe and clinically effective form of healthcare. Chiropractors have more thorough training in spinal mechanics and spinal care the any other health profession. Furthermore, chiropractic is scientifically- based.” (5)

Top tips for caring for your spine during pregnancy.

courtesy of Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani B.App.Clin.Sci, B.Chiropractic. 

Jennifer’s website is a mine of information for anyone interested in raising a healthy family.

Don’t try to sit straight up from a lying position using your abdominal muscles. Instead, bend your knees, turn onto your side and push yourself up with your arm.

Remember to unlock your knees when standing.

Refrain from wearing high-heels.

Avoid standing with your hands on your hips and pushing your tummy forward.

Let others lift heavy items for you.

Never twist your spine on top of your pelvis; instead try moving your whole body with your feet first. For example, when getting out of the car, turn your whole body towards the open door as you place your feet on the ground.

If you have other young children PLEASE avoid carrying them whenever possible. Have them walk (it is good for you to slow down the haste anyway), and sit and cuddle them as much as you can. Many pregnant women injure their abdominal muscles, pelvic floor or their pelvis by carrying other children.

Change position regularly. If you need to stand for an extended period, place one foot on a small box or an equivalent to reduce the load on your back. Swap legs.

Keep your pelvic floor strong.

Perform regular moderate exercise

Breathe deeply into your lower abdomen, especially when stressed.

Every day, gently stretch your body.

Once a week or as often as you can, schedule a massage.

Sleep with a pillow between your knees and place another pillow at your breast level
to snuggle, so that you do not roll your upper body forward.

Have your spine regularly checked by a chiropractor.

 If you live near Ballincollig and would like your spine checked please book an appointment or call the office on 021 487 8465 . For further reading you can download our free Pregnancy and Chiropractic Report.
(1) Diakow P. Gatsby T. Et al. Back Pain During Pregnancy and Labour. JMPT. 1991;14::116-118
(2) Penna M. Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care. ACA. J. Chiro. 1989;26:31-33
(3) Fast A. Low Back Pain In Pregnancy. Spine. 1987;12(4):368-371
(4) Berg G. Low Back Pain During Pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gyn. 1988;71:71-75
(5) New Zealand Government Commission of Inquiry Into Chiropractic. New Zealand Government Printer. 1979;1377;25

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Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.
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