Prior to falling pregnant it's important to have medical, dental and chiropractic check-ups.
The areas that chiropractic can help with are: making sure you are physically prepared prior to becoming pregnant (pre-conception check-up), maintaining optimal health during the prenatal (prior to birth) period and postnatal health.
Chiropractic is a drug-free, natural form of treatment with no side-effects. It is safe for both mother and baby.
1. Pre-conception check-up
Spinal misalignments (subluxations) that may end up causing discomfort during pregnancy should be dealt with as early as possible - preferably prior to falling pregnant.
Posture should be assessed and advice given to help prevent potential problems during pregnancy.
This is the time to discuss how chiropractic can help you during and after pregnancy.
2. Prenatal care throughout pregnancy
Have a healthy pregnancy with chiropractic
Pregnancy hormones may cause morning sickness symptoms such as nausea and changes to your sense of taste. Occasionally, minor physical aches can be aggravated by hormonal changes.
Many pregnant women look for drug-free solutions to pain and discomfort. Chiropractic can often relieve morning sickness through upper cervical spine (upper neck) treatment.
Even very slight misalignments in the upper neck may be irritating you more now that you're pregnant, so having them corrected will be beneficial and there are no side-effects with this relaxing treatment.
Later stages of pregnancy
Morning sickness has usually gone after the first trimester but mechanical (physical) changes to the body can be the source of pain and discomfort now.
Extra abdominal weight causes the lower back (lumbar spine) to curve in more. This can be uncomfortable.
More hormones start to circulate in preparation for birth: some of them are designed to relax the ligaments around the pelvis but as they flow through the bloodstream they may also affect other ligaments in the body.
Chiropractic management can help with these mechanical changes by relieving the discomfort and assisting you in ways to manage related issues. For example, pain on the top of the foot due to softening of foot ligaments can be improved by wearing shoes with good arch support.
After 28 weeks you can no longer take ibuprofen (neurofen) because it may reduce the amount of fluid in the amniotic sac around the baby. Your GP can advise you about this. It's preferable to relieve pain through natural means such as chiropractic.
Chiropractic massage, gentle adjustment and postural advice can make you feel much better and more energetic.
3. Postnatal Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is just as important after childbirth
Why you need it
Pelvic bones which have separated during the birth may need realignment. The sooner this is attended to, the better.
Neck and upper back pain due to looking down at the baby during breastfeeding is common. It can be greatly relieved with chiropractic treatment. Once again, postural advice to help you to do this more comfortably will make a huge difference.
Headaches can be very common after childbirth. Please do not assume that they are due to exhaustion when there may just be a simple physical cause that can be easily treated with chiropractic.