3 Myths About Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
Whether it’s your first or third pregnancy, every time is different. Maybe you’re experiencing more aches and pains than last time or more than you expected. You may have even heard about friends seeing a pregnancy chiropractor. However, you’ve also heard others comment about pregnancy and chiropractic care. You’re not sure if it’s right for you and your pregnancy.
In this article, we hope to put some of those fears and uncertainties to rest. We’re going to examine the top three myths regarding chiropractic care and pregnancy. Should you consider it? What should you know? And what’s the truth?
Myth #1: Chiropractic care is dangerous for pregnant individuals.
Chiropractic care is a completely safe practice for pregnant individuals. In fact, it’s been proven numerous times that chiropractic care is both safe and effective when it comes to alleviating pains and discomforts associated with pregnancy and your changing body.
Undeniably, pregnancy comes with many physiological and physical changes. As your body prepares for birth, many things can get thrown out of alignment. More specifically, you might experience back, hip, and pelvis pain. This can quickly lead to a long and exhausting pregnancy. Luckily, a pregnancy chiropractor can help!
A chiropractor takes great care in the techniques used on pregnant individuals. They can help avoid and fix misalignments of the spine and ensure your pelvis is balanced. This can further lead to an easier birth and post-birth recovery for you and your baby.
Myth #2: Chiropractic care can only treat back pain associated with pregnancy.
Chiropractic care doesn’t only deal with issues relating to the spine or back. During pregnancy, the pelvis undergoes various changes. In fact, pelvic instability during pregnancy is often attributed to diastasis symphysis pubis (DSP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).
Using all-natural and safe methods, your pregnancy chiropractor may recommend treatment including:
- Diaphragmatic release
- Active release techniques
- Laser therapy
- The Webster Technique
- Blocking techniques
- Use of a sacroiliac belt
They may further offer advice to help you combat pregnancy aches and pains at home, helping you have the most comfortable and pain-free pregnancy possible.
Myth #3: Chiropractic care is harmful to your unborn baby.
Chiropractic care will not harm your unborn child. As a mother, we understand this is a natural fear. However, chiropractic care can actually improve the delivery of your baby by creating more room for your baby to move and grow. Misalignment of the pelvis plays a role in your baby’s position. If your pelvis and spine are misaligned, your baby could end up in the breeched position, meaning, before birth, your baby ends up bottom down as opposed to head down.
A chiropractor can help reduce the odds of this happening by improving the overall health of the mother and baby, as well as the alignment of the mother’s pelvis and spine. In fact, regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is encouraged for a safe and smooth birth. As a result, you and your child may have reduced recovery times after birth, ensuring you can enjoy all of those first few moments with the newest member of your family.
At Anchor Health Chiropractic, we understand your concerns and want nothing more than the best for you and your unborn child. Together, we can help you experience less pain and have a smoother and easier birth. We are proud to be your local Noblesville chiropractor. Book your appointment today and set yourself up for success through every phase of pregnancy.