Is Chiropractic Safe During Pregnancy?
Chiropractic is not only safe when you are pregnant, pregnancy may be one of
the best times to receive chiropractic care. The changes that take place
within the pregnant woman's body are profound, and take place in a relatively short period of
time. The additional stress placed on the body by the baby, combined with an average weight
gain of 25 to 35 pounds, can result in considerable discomfort; studies have shown that at
least half of expectant mothers develop back pain during their pregnancies. Also, during
pregnancy the physiological and hormonal changes that occur can result in symptoms of spinal
or joint misalignment and problems such as protruding abdomen, increased back curvature,
pelvic changes, and postural abnormalities.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can thus provide many benefits for pregnant
Maintaining a healthier body during pregnancy
Relieving back, neck or joint pain
Helping to control nausea and allowing more activity during
Reducing the need for pain medication, during both pregnancy and
Shortening the time of labor and delivery
Creating optimal fetal positioning
Preventing potential cesarean delivery
All chiropractors receive training in how to work with pregnant women. Some
use tables that can be adjusted to accommodate a pregnant woman's changing body, and utilize
techniques designed to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen. Some chiropractors seek
additional training in prenatal and postnatal care, and become certified with the
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) as a DACCP, CACCP, or as Webster
Certified to work specifically with pelvic balance during pregnancy. Chiropractors can also
provide you with exercises and stretching routines that are safe to use during
It is important during pregnancy to maintain a strong body and mind. A healthy pregnancy requires a
balanced spine, hips and pelvis, and internal organs free from postural or nerve stress. This is
even more important in late pregnancy, as the baby's head presses down on the mother's back and
legs, potentially irritating the sciatic nerve. If you already suffer from low-back pain, these
problems can become even worse. Safe, effective chiropractic care helps you to ensure that all your
bodily systems continue to function properly during your pregnancy.
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic treatment during pregnancy.
In addition, chiropractic care during the actual labor and birth process itself has been found
in studies to shorten labor time by 25 to 60 percent, reduce the amount of pain medication
required, and help make the whole delivery process more comfortable.