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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Dr. Sarah Bernhardt, DC
March 14, 2023

Chiropractic care is a natural way to seek pain relief and can be a great compliment to your prenatal self care routine. During pregnancy our body goes through many changes, which can add extra stress to our ligaments, joints, and muscles. As we progress through pregnancy, our centre of gravity shifts forward as we are carrying more weight. We may also change the way we do our normal day-to-day activities. In order to allow for these changes, our body releases hormones to help relax muscles and ligaments to allow our body to grow and prepare for childbirth. 

Our bodies are forced to adapt in a very short amount of time which can cause aches and pains. Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way for both mom and baby to help relieve some of these, and get you through your pregnancy with as little discomfort as possible. You can read more about how chiropractic care can help you and your baby here.

What can Chiropractic Care help with during pregnancy?

Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can help with back and hip pain, and regular treatment can help optimize space in the pelvis for the baby to grow and develop. The joints at the bottom of the spine are called the sacroiliac joints. As our pelvis begins to tilt forward as the belly grows, more strain is put through these joints, which causes them to become sore. It can even lead to pain further down the legs and up into the lower back. Prenatal pelvic adjustments using specialized techniques are a great way to help alleviate some of this pain and make sure that the pelvis is functioning optimally throughout each stage of your pregnancy. 

When is it safe to start Chiropractic Care?

You can start chiropractic care at any point in your pregnancy whether you are approaching the end or in your first trimester. An initial visit will allow you to talk to your chiropractor and decide what type of treatment will be best for you, and often includes stretches and tips on how to ease your discomfort at home in between sessions.

If you want to learn more about how you could benefit from chiropractic care and if it is right for you, we offer free 10-minute consultations where you can speak to a chiropractor and have your questions answered. 

Still don't know if Chiropractic care is right for you? We debunk 5 common chiropractic myths here.

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