It’s Safe to See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy? Yes — And Here’s Why You Should
When you’re pregnant, there are so many things to think about — what to name your baby, where you’re going to give birth, how to prepare for the arrival of your new little one, to name just a few!
At the same time, you may be experiencing new sensations in your body, including discomfort and pain. In fact, lower back and pelvic discomfort in pregnant mothers is such a typical occurrence that it is commonly considered an unavoidable part of pregnancy.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
Chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for relieving pain in new mamas. Not only is it safe to visit your chiropractor, but chiropractic care can also help you feel better during your pregnancy and after delivery.
During pregnancy, chiropractic care is a safe way to relieve back pain and discomfort.
Studies of pregnant mothers have found that many patients with low back and pelvic pain report improvement in their symptoms after receiving chiropractic treatment. Chiropractors work with expectant mothers throughout each stage of pregnancy to ensure an easier pregnancy and childbirth process for both mother and child.
Dr. Lisa Jewell — founder of Jewell Chiropractic in Portland, Oregon — works with expecting mothers every day. “Many mothers are told that pain and aches during pregnancy are normal and unavoidable,” she explains. “But pregnant mothers do have options to relieve discomfort!”
She uses the Webster Technique to address sacrum and pelvis misalignments in expecting mothers, helping them experience less pain, easier pregnancies, and reduced likelihood of C-section delivery.
Visiting your chiropractor helps you prepare for a healthy, safe delivery.
Webster Technique is also a safe, gentle way to make more space in the uterus for babies to freely move into the correct position (head down). To do so, your chiropractor will have you lie on your stomach using specifically made cushions so they can assess your pelvic alignment.
“If there are any misalignments,” Dr. Jewell explains, “I gently adjust and continue to evaluate the joints, muscles, and ligaments. Each visit is tailored to the unique body and pregnancy for the mom-to-be.”
After birth, chiropractic care makes it easier to recover from pregnancy and enjoy motherhood.
After delivery, many mothers look forward to relief from the sensations of being pregnant. However, back and pelvic pain during pregnancy commonly persist after pregnancy.
“It’s important to continue caring for yourself after giving birth,” says Dr. Jewell. “Being a mom is hard work! Between the fatigue, overwhelm, and even bodily pain, you will feel like you still need nurturing care.”
She recommends continuing to visit your chiropractor and doing short exercises specifically for moms to keep up your energy, health, and spirit. Books such as The Unstoppable Mom can help you reconnect with and strengthen your body.
At the end of the day, chiropractic care is a safe, healthy way to help your body during and after pregnancy.
You deserve to feel strong and healthy with safe chiropractic care during pregnancy and delivery.
The providers at Jewell Chiropractic have specialized training in prenatal chiropractic care in Portland, Oregon. They take the time to listen to your story and craft a plan that will see you through pregnancy and postpartum life in optimal health!