Chiropractic during Pregnancy

Chiropractic during Pregnancy

Many people often ask the question to Chiropractors and Osteopaths, “Can I have chiropractic during pregnancy?” The answer is yes! Not only can you undergo care with us during your pregnancy, it also has huge benefits for you.

Pain relief during pregnancy and labour

It’s been reported that around 50% of pregnant women experience back pain during their pregnancy and up to 75% of women experience back pain during labour! Recent studies have shown that 75% of pregnant women had relief from pain with chiropractic care. There’s also recent research that shows that if back pain is treated during pregnancy you are three times less likely to experience back pain during labour.  Let’s face it, who doesn’t want a less painful labour!

Although pain relief is a huge factor of why chiropractic care is great during pregnancy, there are so many other benefits of receiving chiropractic during pregnancy!

Shorter Labour time

Yes you read that right! A retrospective review showed that women having their first child experienced, on average, a 25% shorter labour time whereas for women who have had more than one child noticed, on average, 31% shorter labour times! By Maintaining balance in the spine and pelvis this also ensures that your pelvis is sitting correctly to allow for optimum room for your baby to grow and move.

Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Maintaining posture

There are two things that affect your posture during pregnancy, the first being gravitational changes and the second being hormonal influences. So even the fittest, healthiest body still has these challenges to adapt to. To accommodate all this increased loading, women widen their stance and develop an increased curve in low back. This puts additional pressure on the low back and become quite sore. What’s important to remember is to avoid poor posture and to think about correct lifting techniques.

Tackle hormone changes

During pregnancy the levels of a hormone called relaxin increase. This is to relax the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix ready for labour. This increased laxity often increases pain and imbalance in the pelvis. ICPA (International Chiropractic Paediatric Association) recommends that women receive chiropractic care to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy.

 

References:

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