Pregnancy is the most exciting time in a woman’s life. Chiropractic care is safe for all stages of pregnancy from pre-conception to post-partum. What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and developing baby, all which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. During pregnancy, a woman’s nervous system has the capability of responding immediately and accurately to change with no interference. As the abdomen grows, it exerts downward and forward pull on the lower spine. This extra weight combined with changes in gait and center of gravity can gradually cause neck and low back pain. Chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort especially during the 3rd trimester.
When women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better. As a result, there is significantly less likelihood of back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labour). Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression.