Seeing a Chiropractor When Pregnant | What You Need to Know
30 March 2023

Seeing a Chiropractor When Pregnant | What You Need to Know

What can a Chiropractor do to help a pregnant woman?

While this can vary from person to person, some common reasons people visit a Chiropractor while pregnant include lower back pain, sciatica and neck and shoulder tension, tightness, and headaches. Round ligament pain can also be experienced. This is the big ligament at the base, called the round ligament. It basically supports the uterus as well as the baby. Pubic pain is also possible. Many women visit a chiropractor to prevent problems. The way we adjust the spine in pregnancy is to make sure that there is beautiful movement through the sacrum and pelvis at the base of your spine. This will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. You will be comfortable throughout your pregnancy, as well as during birth and labor.

How often should a pregnant lady visit a Chiropractor during pregnancy?

It all depends on many factors. It all depends on two things. One is what you feel you need. Two is what your initial exam shows. Three is how early you are in your pregnancy. Four is how late you are. Five is if you were seeing a Chiropractor before you became pregnant. Six is if you just started seeing one during pregnancy. Sometimes women will visit us weekly, but it really depends. Sometimes it happens multiple times per week. Sometimes it happens every two weeks, sometimes three weeks or four weeks. It all depends. Ask your Chiropractor for a better answer.

Can a Chiropractor “crack” your back while you’re pregnant?

Yes, you can. We use a gentle, safe, and very comfortable technique to adjust your back. We won’t do a manual adjustment if there are any contraindications or reasons we shouldn’t. This type of adjustment is safe in most cases for pregnant women.

Can a Chiropractor cause miscarriage?

It is not known whether Chiropractic adjustments can cause miscarriage. As far as I know, it has never been reported. A Chiropractor would not be able to cause miscarriage. It’s almost like having a massage. It is very unlikely that this will happen. If there were a chance of miscarriage, we wouldn’t do what they do.

Can a Chiropractor induce labor?

Although we cannot induce labor per se, we can stimulate certain pathways and channels in the body to get the body ready for it. Anecdotally, there have been cases where women who had received an adjustment late in pregnancy went into labor the next day. Although it might not be related, Chiropractic care can make things feel better and help bub decide when it is time to go.

What should I tell my Chiropractor about being pregnant?

Yes. It is not easy to tell people that you are pregnant. It is important to know what techniques you may need to modify, depending on your body. This is something we need to know about and that you should tell us. It will help us be 110% safe and make sure we do the right thing for your baby, your body, and yourself.

What if I am in my first trimester and can I still go to the Chiropractor?

Yes! We continue to adjust them in the first trimester. Women can feel intense pains, aches, and other feelings during their first trimester. It is possible to make adjustments or see a chiropractor.

What is the reason my back cracks so often during pregnancy?

Some women may notice a slight cracking sensation in their backs when they become pregnant. This is due to the relaxant floating around in the body. It is especially common during the last stages of pregnancy. The relaxant is meant to relax and soften the joints so that they can prepare for birth. This can lead to a lot of mobility in the joints. Therefore, when we adjust, instead of feeling normal tension or tightness, you will hear a ricocheting effect, and may hear more cracks than usual. It’s not something to be worried about. The body is very flexible and soft, and ready to go. Some women become stiffer and more rigid when they have another person in their stomach. They also hear less clicks and pops. Each woman’s response is different, so make sure to talk with your Chiropractor if you have questions.

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