Most mothers, especially new mothers, are concerned about their baby’s development and safety during pregnancy and beyond. You want to make sure that you are doing everything just right so that your baby will be as healthy as possible. Many women think that they need to avoid chiropractic care during pregnancy, but actually it can be very safe and beneficial. Still, not everyone should get chiropractic therapy. Here’s what you need to know.
Safety of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Getting chiropractic care during pregnancy is just as safe as getting chiropractor services normally, in most cases. If you are having complications with your pregnancy you may not be a good candidate for chiropractic care at this time. It is important to talk to your doctor about your intention of getting chiropractic services so that they can advise you if it is a danger to you or your baby.
People Who Shouldn’t See a Chiropractor
While most pregnant women can get care safely, you should not see a chiropractor if you have certain symptoms or complications of your pregnancy. Some of the symptoms that you may have that should mean avoidance of chiropractic care include:
- Vaginal bleeding, even if it is just spotting
- Your doctor has diagnosed you with placenta previa or placental abruption
- You have an ectopic pregnancy
- You have moderate to severe toxemia
Your doctor will tell you first hand that you should avoid chiropractic treatments if you have any of these symptoms or complications. Again, talk to your obstetrician before making a decision about chiropractic care.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
There are a lot of benefits for both you and your baby when you get chiropractic care while pregnant. For you, benefits of chiropractic therapy include:
- Pain management
- Realignment of the spine and hips, which often get out of place as the baby moves and grows
- Tension release
- Faster and easier labor and delivery
Your baby will also enjoy some benefits. Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can address the changing structure and spread of the hips, which changes dramatically during your first pregnancy and may change more with additional pregnancies. When the hips are spread further apart and aligned, it gives the baby more room to move and grow.
If you are pregnant and considering chiropractic care, contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.