In many ways, chiropractic care during pregnancy looks a lot like the chiropractic care you receive when you’re not expecting. ç
- If you’re new to our practice, you’ll be asked to fill out patient forms about your medical history, your due date and any specific concerns you’d like to address, such as sciatica or low back pain. This is also a good time to review your insurance benefits to see what’s covered.
- We’ll conduct a physical assessment to gauge your overall mobility, identify areas of misalignment or dysfunction and create a customized treatment plan.
- Depending on your condition, we may recommend a variety of treatments, including chiropractic adjustments, trigger point dry needling or soft tissue therapy. If you’re receiving an adjustment, we’ll have you get comfortable face down on a special maternity cushion and then we will provide gentle adjustments. (The health and safety of you and your baby are of the utmost importance, and it’s not necessary to use a great amount of force to achieve positive results.)
- After your adjustment, we’ll assess your condition and see how you are feeling. We’ll also encourage you to drink plenty of water to support healthy levels of hydration and give your body the fuel it needs to heal.
How often should expectant mothers receive chiropractic care?
In our office, we see women regularly from preconception through the postpartum period. For those without pain or other symptoms, we recommend coming in twice a month. However, if an expectant mother is experiencing chronic neck/back pain, headaches, digestive issues, sciatica, carpal tunnel or other pregnancy-related symptoms, she may need more frequent adjustments to help alleviate stress from her nervous system.
When is chiropractic care not recommended, and why?
Chiropractic care is generally a safe, effective practice during pregnancy. However, it is not recommended if you are having symptoms of preterm labor. In those cases, it is important to contact your birth provider for the best course of action.
If you’re experiencing chronic pain or discomfort, or you simply want help optimizing baby’s positioning before delivery, contact us to schedule an appointment. Or, check out our blog post to learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women.