Congratulations! You decided to add a new baby to your life, and now you’re trying to make sure you do everything right. You’re eating right, getting the exercise the doctor recommended, and feeling pretty good.
But can you still see your chiropractor? Chances are, the answer is yes, but always consult with your doctor to be sure in case a specific reason suggests otherwise.
Is Seeing a Chiropractor Safe During Pregnancy?
Yes, in fact, prenatal chiropractic can be very good for you. The American Pregnancy Association says that seeing your chiropractor during pregnancy can help you avoid a misaligned spine, pelvic protrusion, and other structural issues caused by the protruding belly and the weight changes of pregnancy.
Many chiropractors have specialized training that is meant to help them treat people during pregnancy, often easing the discomfort associated with the major changes in your body.
Other benefits of prenatal chiropractic care include:
- Reducing nausea
- Making labor and delivery easier
- Maintaining parental heath during the pregnancy.
Some doctors believe that getting chiropractic care while pregnant can even help keep your fetus healthier by straightening out pelvic and spinal misalignment that infringe on the baby’s room to grow.
How Often Can I Go to the Chiropractor While Pregnant?
Your chiropractor will be the best person to tell you how often to be seen while pregnant, but in this case study, the doctor recommends seeing patients once a month during the first trimester of the pregnancy and then every two to three weeks until the final month of pregnancy. In the month before delivery, the patient would be seen weekly.
Prenatal chiropractic care can help the patients’ bodies adjust to the increased production of relaxin. This hormone loosens ligaments in preparation for birth and may even help turn babies who are in the breech position when they should be head down and ready to be born.
Some pregnant patients have expressed concern about lying to their stomachs for chiropractic adjustments, especially during advanced pregnancy. However, not all spinal adjustments are done while the patient is lying face down. Pregnant patients often have their chiropractic treatments completed while lying on their side or back.
Talk to Total Chiro About Improving Your Quality of Life
Chiropractic care can be a useful component for overall health. Pregnant patients interested in learning more about prenatal chiropractic care should call us to hear how our treatment can make your pregnancy a lot more comfortable. Fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call at (631) 447-2299 for a free consultation.