You may be wondering, “can you go to the chiropractor while pregnant?” The answer is, YES!
This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments, and shifting of weight-bearing structures, may cause many pregnant women to experience lower back pain. Seeing a chiropractor while pregnant can help relieve the lower back pain or other pain you are experiencing.
Besides helping to relieve the discomfort many expectant mothers experience, seeing a chiropractor while pregnant help normalize nervous system function. This is an important component of overall good health during pregnancy. The benefits of visiting a chiropractor while pregnant may also be noticed during delivery. Many chiropractic patients report that their deliveries were faster and more comfortable than deliveries previous to chiropractic care!
Seeing a Chiropractor While Pregnant Can Help
According the American Chiropractic Association, visiting a chiropractor while pregnant can help with the following:
- Low Back Pain. Caused by increased stress on the lumbar spine by an anterior shift in center of gravity. Also very common during the postpartum period.
- Sciatic Nerve Pain. Hypertonicity in the gluteal muscles and deep external rotators can irritate or compress the sciatic nerve during pregnancy. Some studies suggest the baby’s growth contributes to uterine pressure on supporting vasculature or direct compression of the sciatic nerve, which results in low back pain with radiation into the legs.1
- Sacroiliac Pain. Ligament laxity caused by hormonal changes during pregnancy allows these traditionally stable and primarily weight-bearing sacroiliac joints to move and shift. This increased mobility puts stress on the surrounding ligaments and muscles, which may cause pain.2 Patients sometimes incorrectly describe their discomfort as “hip pain,” however they indicate the sacroiliac joint as the area of complaint.
- Pubic Symphysis Pain. During pregnancy, the hormone Relaxin allows the ligaments stabilizing the pubic symphysis joint to relax, and therefore allows the joint to move and separate. Also called Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction, or SPD, this condition produces pain and limitation of mobility. It also may contribute to instability of the bony pelvis.3
- Round Ligament Pain. The round ligaments of the uterus contain contractile fibers, and suspend and connect it to the anterolateral abdominal wall on either side. As the uterus grows, the round ligaments also stretch and can cause a sharp pain on either side of the abdomen or at the attachment sites of the ligaments near the pubic bones or labia.4
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy in Greenfield, WI
Modifications to the table or adjusting techniques are made during each stage of pregnancy. Pamper yourself and your baby by regularly getting an adjustment from a chiropractor while pregnant at Hruby Chiropractic Wellness. Women who give up smoking, eat healthy foods, and avoid alcohol during their pregnancies are to be congratulated. Those receiving prenatal chiropractic checkups, demonstrate even more concern for their still-developing babies.
I saw Dr. Hruby on a pretty regular basis during my second pregnancy and the delivery was like night and day! My second baby was perfectly positioned and was delivered in a fraction of the time than my first baby! I would highly recommend getting adjustments and seeing Dr. Hruby during your pregnancy!Kendra
- Al-Khodairy AW et al. Sciatic in the female patient: anatomical considerations, aetiology and review of the literature. Eur Spine J. 2007 Jun; 16(6): 721-731.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2200714/pdf/586_2006_Article_74.pdf
- Aldabe D, Ribiero DC, et al. Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain and its relationship with relaxin levels during pregnancy: a systematic review. Eur Spine J. 2012 Sep; 21(9): 1768-1776. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3459115/
- Scicluna, JK et al. Epidural analgesia for acute symphysis pubis dysfunction in the second trimester”. International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesiology Jan 2004. 13(1): 50–52. https://www.obstetanesthesia.com/article/S0959-289X(03)00137-7/pdf
- Chaudry SR, Chaudry K. Anatomy, Pelvis, Uterus, Ligaments, Round. StatPearls [Internet] 2018 Jan. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499970/