Pregnancy is an exciting and challenging time for many women as their bodies undergo significant physical and hormonal changes. Many women experience discomfort and pain in various parts of their bodies, including the back, hips, and pelvis. Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can provide many benefits to both the mother and the baby. One of the most significant benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy is pain relief. Chiropractors use gentle and safe techniques to adjust the spine and pelvis, which can help to alleviate pain and discomfort. This can be especially important during the later stages of pregnancy when the weight of the growing baby changes mom’s center of gravity and puts additional pressure on the spine and pelvis.
Another benefit of seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is improved pelvic alignment. Proper alignment of the pelvis is vital during pregnancy as it can affect the position of the baby in the womb and the mother's ability to give birth naturally. Chiropractic adjustments can help ensure that the pelvis is properly aligned, allowing as much room as possible for the baby to pass through the birth canal and reducing the risk of complications during labor and delivery.
Chiropractic care can help to improve overall wellness during pregnancy. Chiropractic adjustments can help to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and in some cases, boost the immune system. By improving overall health and wellness, chiropractic care can help to ensure that both the mother and the baby are healthy and happy throughout the pregnancy and beyond.
A healthy and balanced diet is essential during pregnancy to ensure the proper growth and development of the baby. Pregnant women should consume a variety of nutrient-dense foods from all the food groups, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains. It is also essential to stay hydrated by consuming plenty of water.
There are certain foods that pregnant women should avoid or limit to reduce the risk of complications or harm to the baby. These can include raw or undercooked meat, poultry, and fish, as well as unpasteurized dairy products, deli meats, and certain types of fish high in mercury. Pregnant women should also limit their caffeine intake and avoid alcohol and tobacco products entirely.
Consuming a balanced diet not only helps with supporting the baby's growth but supports mom’s overall health and can limit digestion and reflux issues. Consult your chiropractor or registered dietitian for specific dietary recommendations to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique designed to help pregnant women with musculoskeletal pain and improve the overall birthing process. The technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster, a chiropractor who noticed that his pregnant patients who received chiropractic care had easier and less complicated deliveries.
The Webster Technique involves a series of gentle adjustments to the pelvis and sacrum to help balance the muscles, ligaments, and bones in the pelvic region. By restoring proper alignment and reducing tension in the pelvic area, the technique aims to improve nerve function and blood flow to the uterus, which can help to promote optimal fetal positioning.
The Webster Technique is a non-invasive and safe method for addressing pelvic and spinal misalignments during pregnancy. It can be performed throughout all stages of pregnancy and is particularly beneficial for women experiencing musculoskeletal pain, such as lower back pain or sciatica. While the Webster Technique is not a method of inducing labor, it may help to prepare the body for a smoother and easier delivery. All our doctors are certified in the Webster Technique and are experienced in prenatal care.
"(Family First) was great in helping with my breech baby. After only one visit at 38 weeks, my daughter was able to move head down into optimal birthing position. My lower back pain was also much less after my visit."
"Dr Kelli has been a wonderful chiropractor during both of my pregnancies. I have seen her for relieve normal aches and pains as well as migraine relief. She does a wonderful job explaining the purpose behind her treatment strategies, how things affect the different parts of the body, and provides natural methods of treatment that I can use alone or with other forms of treatment as is needed for my lifestyle. I feel calm and comforted both physically and mentally when I leave their office!"
Low back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy, affecting up to 50% of women at some point during their pregnancy. The leading causes of low back pain during pregnancy include the weight gain and postural changes that occur as the baby grows, as well as the hormonal changes that can cause ligaments and joints to loosen. Stress, poor posture, and a lack of exercise can also contribute to low back pain during pregnancy.
Fortunately, there are several solutions for low back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care, including gentle spinal adjustments and manual therapies, can help to alleviate pain and restore proper alignment to the spine and pelvis. Pregnant women must maintain good posture, exercise regularly, and use proper lifting techniques to prevent or alleviate low back pain. Using supportive pillows or cushions while sitting or sleeping can help to reduce pressure on the low back and provide additional comfort and support. With the proper treatment and self-care strategies, we can effectively manage low back pain during pregnancy, allowing women to enjoy a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.
Pelvic pain is another common complaint during pregnancy, affecting up to 20% of women at some point during their pregnancy. The leading causes of pelvic pain during pregnancy include the weight gain and postural changes that occur as the baby grows and the hormonal changes that can cause ligaments and joints to loosen. Sub-optimal positioning of the baby can also contribute to pelvic pain during pregnancy.
Fortunately, there are several solutions for pelvic pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care, including the Webster Technique, can help to alleviate pain and restore proper alignment to the pelvis. Other non-invasive treatments, such as prenatal massage and pelvic floor exercises, can also effectively reduce pain and discomfort. Your chiropractor may recommend wearing a maternity support belt to help provide additional support to the pelvis and reduce pain.
Symphysis pubis disorder (SPD) is a condition that affects the pelvic joint during pregnancy. It occurs when the ligaments that hold the pelvic bones together become too relaxed, leading to instability and pain in the pelvic area. Women with previous pelvic injuries, a history of SPD, or multiple pregnancies are at a higher risk of developing SPD. Additionally, women who are overweight or obese, have a physically demanding job, or have a history of joint problems may also be at an increased risk of developing SPD during pregnancy.
Symptoms of SPD can include pain and tenderness in the pubic area, groin, hips, or lower back, difficulty walking or standing, and pain when moving the legs apart. Some women may also experience a clicking or popping sensation in the pelvic joint or feel like their pelvis is grinding or shifting. The pain and discomfort associated with SPD can range from mild to severe, making it difficult to perform daily activities or maintain a regular pregnancy routine. If you experience symptoms of SPD during pregnancy, consult a chiropractor with experience in prenatal care. Treatment options may include gentle chiropractic adjustments, pelvic floor exercises, and supportive braces or belts.
Sciatica is a common condition during pregnancy, affecting up to 50% of pregnant women. It occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down through the legs, becomes compressed or irritated. The leading causes of sciatica during pregnancy include weight gain and postural changes that occur as the baby grows, as well as the presence of the hormone relaxin can cause ligaments and joints to loosen.
Chiropractic care can be an effective treatment option for relieving sciatic nerve pain during pregnancy. Chiropractors can use gentle spinal adjustments, the Webster Technique, and manual therapies to help restore proper alignment to the spine and pelvis, reducing pressure on the sciatic nerve. We may also recommend exercises and stretches to help improve flexibility and strength in the lower back and pelvic area.
During pregnancy, the baby can be in various positions within the womb. The optimal position for delivery is head down, with the baby's head facing the mother's back. This is known as the vertex or cephalic presentation. In this position, the baby is aligned with the mother's pelvic bones, which allows for a smoother delivery.
In some cases, the baby may be in a breech position, with their buttocks or feet positioned to come out first. Breech presentations occur in approximately 3-4% of full-term pregnancies. In some cases, breech positions can be associated with complications during delivery, such as prolonged labor, increased risk of cesarean delivery, and fetal distress.
There are a few home methods for encouraging proper alignment of the baby. Forward-leaning inversion is one method used to help encourage a breech baby to turn head down. By kneeling on a padded surface and leaning forward with the head and chest lower than the hips, the baby follows gravity as their head moves down towards the birth canal with its back facing the floor. Mom can also do light aerobics such as walking and water exercises. These help relax the mother’s body and encourage the baby to move into the optimal position.
For moms needing extra help ensuring their babies are in the proper position for the best birth possible, chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic care, including the Webster Technique, can help encourage the baby to move into the optimal head-down position. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic technique that involves gently adjusting the pelvis to reduce tension in the surrounding muscles and ligaments, creating a more supportive environment for the baby to move into the optimal position. You deserve to have the birthing experience you want, and we’re here to help.
Yes, chiropractic care is generally safe for pregnant women when performed by a licensed and trained chiropractor specializing in prenatal care. Chiropractic care can help relieve common pregnancy-related discomforts and promote optimal pelvic alignment and nervous system function for both the mother and baby.
Pregnant women can start seeing a chiropractor at any point during their pregnancy. However, we recommend beginning chiropractic care during the first trimester to address any pre-existing issues and to promote optimal pelvic alignment and nervous system function throughout the pregnancy.
Low back pain can start in pregnancy as early as the first trimester, but it is most common in the second and third trimesters due to the increasing weight and pressure on the lower back and pelvis.
The frequency of visits during pregnancy varies for each patient. It depends on how far along you are, if there are any complications or pre-existing conditions, and if any other symptoms aside from pregnancy are being treated concurrently. Following a comprehensive examination, your chiropractor will make their best recommendations based on your situation so you can make an informed decision regarding your care.
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Content Written by Dr. Kelli Winarski | DC, Pediatrics and Pregnancy Certified, ART (Active Release Techniques) Full Body Certified, NBCE, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I-IV & Physical Therapy
Content Reviewed by Dr. Collin Zeugin | DC, NBCE, National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Part I-IV & Physical Therapy
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