Is chiropractic care “safe” during pregnancy?
The answer is an emphatic – YES!
During pregnancy it is not uncommon for the expectant mother to experience pain and discomfort as her body adapts to the many changes taking place as a result of the growing child within her. These not only include the many hormonal changes but also biomechanical changes as the body deals with the extra weight and the inevitable changes in posture.
Such changes can affect the expectant mother’s spine and nervous system which may in turn result in compromises to nerves, joints, connective tissue, ligaments, posture and stability.
At Chavez Chiropractic we monitor the events taking place within your changing body with special emphasis on your spine and nervous system. Ensuring that the spine, pelvis and nervous system remain in optimal condition is our primary focus. Ensuring the expectant mother is free from Vertebral Subluxations allows her and her developing baby to function at their best.
In fact research shows us that pregnant mothers who have regular chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy experience greater comfort, less pain as well as shorter labour and delivery times with fewer complications and fewer interventions. As a whole these mothers experience a sense of vitality and wellness throughout their pregnancy and are thus better prepared to deal with the challenges of childbirth.
Is there a time during pregnancy when spinal adjustments should stop?
Many of our patients even receive chiropractic during labour to facilitate an easier delivery.
Should I see a chiropractor only if I have experienced pain whilst pregnant?
No! Regular spinal checks are an important part of maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system to ensure both the expectant mum as well as the unborn child are as healthy as possible. Remember, your body is changing in many ways and that can place a great deal of stress on your spine and nervous system. So rather than wait for problems to arise, we recommend a monthly check up at our clinic for all of our pregnant patients.
Can chiropractic help with a child in the breech position?
Absolutely! The chiropractors at our clinic are all proficient in the ‘Webster Technique’. This is a technique used to relax the uterus and allow the baby to turn naturally into the proper birth position. This procedure has been shown to have a 94% success rate.
Our chiropractors provide gentle and safe care to expectant mothers and their family from a large area of surrounding suburbs on the central coast including:
St Huberts Island
The Entrance North
Woy Woy Bay
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
The symptoms of Lower back pain, pubic pain and reflux are the most common complaints from pregnant women. During pregnancy, there are a number of physiological and hormonal changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
The following are changes to the women that can occur and result in a misaligned spine or joint:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
- Hormonal changes
- Ligament strain
Establishing good pelvic balance and alignment is key reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned or unbalanced it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. Misalignment of the pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
Due to the nervous system being the master communication system to all the body systems, including the reproductive system, maintaining or improving spinal aligned
will help the entire body work more effectively.