Being pregnant means making changes in diet, routine, and sometimes medical treatment. Many women are often unsure if they can continue going to the chiropractor for adjustments while they are pregnant.
Fortunately, it is safe to have chiropractic adjustments while pregnant. There may be a few changes; for example you will use a special table which is designed to avoid pressure on your stomach while being treated. You should also avoid lying flat on your back, particularly during your last trimester. Although chiropractic adjustment is generally safe during pregnancy, check with your OB-GYN to make sure it is safe for you to receive adjustments.
It is generally safe for pregnant women to continue to receive adjustments while pregnancy. It may also be a good idea to start seeing a chiropractor for the first time during pregnancy. In fact, visiting a chiropractor has become more common and many obstetricians are very supportive since getting adjustments can help ease several pregnancy-related pains. When a woman is pregnant, her body secretes hormones, which help in the relaxation of ligaments. These ligaments help the pelvis expand in order to allow the passage of the baby. This results in a lowering of the center of gravity and a chiropractor may be able to help realign your spine.
Not surprisingly, lower back pain is a common complaint of pregnant woman, who due to a change in the center of gravity and shift in weight, often suffer from a misaligned spine and muscle spasm; an adjustment can help correct the position and function of the spine. Some women also have migraines during this period, which can also be alleviated with chiropractic adjustments.
Many other effects of pregnancy can be decreased with an adjustment. Leg cramps, neck pain, carpal tunnel symptoms, lower back pain, and even nausea can be alleviated by treatment from a chiropractor.
If you visit a chiropractor while you are pregnant, there are a few things to remember. First, ensure that your chiropractor has had advanced training in the treatment of pregnant women. There are certifications that these practitioners will have including Diplomate with ICPA (DACCP), which is the highest level of advanced training; Certified with ICPA (CACCP), which reflects advanced training; and member of ICPA, which reflects special interest. If your chiropractor is Webster Certified, they have received training to work with pelvic balance in pregnancy. Most chiropractors who have this advanced training will also be able to recommend and demonstrate stretches and exercises that women can do during pregnancy.
Continuing to go to a chiropractor while pregnant is a safe option for most women; it may also be a good time to try out a chiropractic adjustment if you are experiencing lower back pain or many of the other effects of pregnancy.