Chiropractic care during pregnancy

When trying to conceive

Lady making a heart shape with hands over her pregnant belly.

Adjusting women throughout pregnancy is one of the most rewarding aspects of chiropractic.

Biomechanical changes and stress to the neuromusculoskeletal system are present during and immediately after pregnancy.

Chiropractic evaluation and treatment of the spine and sacroiliac joints of the pelvis during this period may be warranted and considered a safe and effective means of treating common musculoskeletal symptoms of a non-musculoskeletal condition that many pregnant patients encounter; such as the muscular tension often associated with back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labour).1

Receiving chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can help relieve back pain.

1 Vallone S. The role of chiropractic in pregnancy. ICA Int Rev Chiropr. 2002:47–51.

While pregnant

During pregnancy there are multiple hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated via the nervous system. Now more than ever during pregnancy, a healthy spine and nervous system that responds immediately and accurately to changing requirements in your body is essential.

As weight is gained through pregnancy, especially in the abdomen, there is a downward and forward pull on the lower spine. This extra weight, combined with changes in gait and centre of gravity, can set the stage for backache and neck pain. Additionally, as labour approaches, the body releases a hormone called relaxin, which loosens ligaments. This may exaggerate the effects of an existing spinal or pelvis problem.

The positioning of the baby and its movement as well as expansion of the lower part of the ribcage to accommodate your growing baby can also cause discomfort in the ribs and upper portion of the lower back, whilst increasing breast size in preparation for lactation, and may create upper back subluxations.

Delivery

Side of view of pregnant women that shows position of baby and how it affects the spine.

Body position during delivery is critical.

Any late second stage labour position that denies postural sacral rotation also denies the mother and the baby critical pelvic outlet diameter and moves the tip of the sacrum up to four centimetres into the pelvic outlet. In other words, the popular semi-recumbent position that places the labouring woman on her back onto the apex of the sacrum closes off the vital space needed for the baby to get through the pelvic outlet. This delivery position is the main reason why so many births are traumatic, labour is stalled, the mom becomes fatigued and overwhelmed by pain, so the utilisation of epidurals, forceps, episiotomies, vacuum extraction, and caesarean increases.

Squatting is the preferred position—gravity works to help the pelvic outlet open to a greater degree. Therefore squatting during delivery has the potential of decreasing the use of forceps and shortening the second stage of labour than the semi-recumbent position!

Ensuring you are the one!

As your pregnancy advances, your OneWay chiropractor will use special pregnancy pillows and tables with drop-away pelvic pieces, which are used to accommodate your growing belly.

We will also check for misalignment of the pelvic bones, the sacrum and vertebrae and spasm of the ligaments that support the uterus and help hold the pelvis together.

Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable when breastfeeding (posture-wise).

Contact us to discuss chiropractic care during your pregnancy.