Pregnancy can be a roller coaster ride of exciting milestones and uncomfortable bodily changes; luckily those not- so- fun moments can be managed with support systems such as educational classes, midwives/ doulas, and even chiropractors! Chiropractic during pregnancy can help ease some of the physical discomfort associated with the changing body and even prepare the body for quicker labor time. However, some may still be apprehensive of this form of natural health care during such a sensitive time. Here are some commonly asked questions about chiropractic and pregnancy;
Is It Safe To Go To A Chiropractor While Pregnant?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is deemed very safe and there are no known negative impacts to receiving treatment. While all chiropractors are educated and well- equipped to treat women before, during, and after pregnancy, many also have additional training and have invested a great deal of time during their education into fertility and pregnancy wellness for women (i.e. they have specialized). Special precautions that chiropractors take while treating a pregnant patient include the use of adjustment tables and pillows that can accommodate the growing abdomen, using gentle techniques that do not put any pressure on the belly, and showing you effective stretches to try at home that will relieve tension and reduce discomfort.
Can A Chiropractor Turn A Breech Baby?
As pregnancy goes on, the ligaments in the abdomen may become tight, this, as a result, may cause restricted movement to the growing fetus, thus why some infants in utero are in a breech position so late into a pregnancy. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that was developed to facilitate correct pelvic alignment and nerve function to relieve tightness in the ligaments. This allows the fetus to move freely within the womb so that he or she may move into the correct position for the birth.
Can Chiropractic Care Help With Morning Sickness?
Not only is chiropractic helpful for the structural discomforts you may experience during pregnancy, but also for other symptoms such as morning sickness. Nausea and vomiting can be a result of a pinched nerve, chiropractic treatment is one form of relief for this symptom. Ensuring that the spine is properly aligned can greatly reduce the chances of experiencing nausea and vomiting.