If you are pregnant, your body may ache. Carrying around a large baby belly and the excess fluid that your body retains during your pregnancy can make things like your back, knees, legs and ankles hurt. However, during pregnancy, many of the things that relieve this type of pain should be used sparingly or avoided all together. You cannot sit in a hot tub and relax or get a regular massage to help your muscles. As such, you may be looking for alternative treatments. One way to relieve pain in the body is through chiropractic care. If you are pregnant, you may wonder if you can get chiro care during your pregnancy. Here is some information you should know.
Can You Receive Chiropractic Care While Pregnant?
Most women are able to safely receive chiropractic care while pregnant. However, it is important to talk to your doctor or ob-gyn before you make an appointment. If you have a high risk pregnancy or are at risk for pre-term labor or a placenta abruption, you should not receive chiropractic care during your pregnancy. On the other hand, if you are having a healthy and normal pregnancy, chiropractic care is safe.
How Does Chiro Care Differ When You Are Pregnant?
Chiropractic care is a little bit different when you are pregnant. The first change is the manipulation table you lay on. If you are experiencing pain in your backside, you lie flat on a table to be manipulated. If you are pregnant, you cannot and should not lie on your belly while being manipulated. As such, a special table is used.
In addition to the table, the manipulation method is a little more gentle when you are pregnant. This is because one of the hormones your body releases during pregnancy softens ligaments and muscles. Thanks to this softening, it is easier to damage these parts of the body. As such, a chiropractor needs to be careful as they manipulate your body so as to not cause any damage.
Can Chiropractic Care Help Relieve Pregnancy-Induced Pain in the Body?
Chiropractic care has been shown to help relieve pregnancy-induced pain in the body, as well as aches and pains that were present pre-pregnancy and have increased. In addition to helping relieve pain in the body, chiropractic care during pregnancy has been shown to help get the baby into birthing position and open up the mother’s hips. In fact, if a baby is breech, a doctor may recommend chiro treatment to get the baby to flip. Engaging in this type of treatment during your pregnancy helps increase the chances your baby will be in the right position for you to give birth and decrease the pain in your body caused by the increased weight in your body due to pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and are experiencing the aches and pains that accompany pregnancy, talk to your doctor about chiropractic care.
If they give you the go ahead, give us a call at Simmons Specific Chiropractic to schedule your appointment! We can help relieve the muscle tightness and pain you are experiencing safely, helping you to feel better and more comfortable