Prenatal Chiropractic Care In Gilbert, AZ

Dr. Brice Neff DC Gilbert AZ

Prenatal Chiropractor

The female body undergoes numerous physical and physiological changes during pregnancy that cause nausea, fatigue, back pain, hip pain, and general discomfort. The changes also increase the risk of prolonged labor, longer delivery times, breech birth, and cesarean-section delivery. Luckily, a chiropractor for pregnancy can reduce some of these symptoms and help any pregnant mother enjoy a healthier overall pregnancy and a shorter delivery time. 

A pregnancy chiropractor is similar to a regular chiropractor in that they focus on spinal and pelvic adjustments to relieve back pain and body tension. However, they also have specialized knowledge and training around the pregnant body and common pregnancy-related pain and discomfort.

Read on to learn more about the safety and benefits of seeing a prenatal chiropractor.

Is Chiropractic Care Safe During Pregnancy?

Chiropractic care is safe during pregnancy. It reduces spinal nerve stress and promotes general health without drugs or surgery. That makes it very safe. However, it can be risky under certain circumstances. That is why all licensed chiropractors have been trained to take care of pregnant women and why some of them specialize in prenatal care. 

Can A Chiropractor Help With Sciatica During Pregnancy?

A chiropractor is a huge help with sciatica during pregnancy. Sciatica in pregnant women commonly happens during the 3rd semester when the baby shifts into the proper position for birth and puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. This causes pain in the lower back and buttocks. Chiropractic care at this stage will safely relieve the pain, establish pelvic balance, and prepare the pelvis for delivery. 

Can Chiropractic Adjustments Cause Miscarriage?

There is no evidence that chiropractic adjustments cause miscarriage. However, if you are pregnant and you are worried about the safety of chiropractic care, take the following precautions:

  • See a chiropractor who specializes in prenatal care. Of course, a chiropractor who doesn’t specialize in prenatal care will make adaptations when adjusting pregnant women, but why take chances?
  • Do not go for chiropractic treatment if you are spotting.
Before going to a chiropractor, get your doctor’s approval. If you’re having one or more of the following symptoms, chiropractic therapy isn’t usually advised:
 
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Placenta previa or placenta abruption

How Does A Chiropractor Help During Pregnancy?

The chiropractor will manipulate the pregnant woman’s joints and pelvic area and teach her effective stretches for easing discomfort and relieving tension. For pregnant women, chiropractic care will:

  • Reduce nausea and vomiting by balancing the hormones and reducing the severity of nausea          
  • Establish pelvic balance for easier labor and delivery          
  • Relieve back pain by correcting posture and spinal curvature          
  • Establish optimal baby positioning in late pregnancy to avoid breech presentation          
  • Improve overall health for both mother and baby          
  • Reduce urinary incontinence

How Often Should I Go to the Chiropractor While Pregnant?

Depending on your needs, you can see a chiropractor as much as you want. You can start during the first trimester to reduce nausea and vomiting while establishing a relationship with the pregnancy chiropractor. You can choose to go to the chiropractor once a month during the first trimester and gradually increase the frequency of your visits as you approach the date of birth. You can also choose to see the chiropractor more often if needed.

What to Expect From a Prenatal Chiropractor?

The chiropractor will thoroughly check you to determine the cause of your problem. During treatment, he/she will use an adjusting table to accommodate your abdomen while manipulating your spine, joints, and muscles into alignment. He/she will apply a more gentle pressure than usual and adjust his/her technique to focus more on your pelvic region and reduce stress on your uterus and ligaments. He/she will take care not to exert unnecessary pressure on your abdomen.

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