I am asked by patients all of the time about whether it is safe to be adjusted while pregnant. Not only is it safe, but very beneficial for the mother’s lower back and hips. Here is a quote from the American Pregnancy Association:
“During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The following changes could result in a misaligned spine or joints:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby.”
We also offer pre-natal massage with the chiropractic adjustments. We have special pads that the mother can lay face down, and enjoy a Swedish massage to help reduce tension and anxiety. Here is another quote from the American Pregnancy Association:
“Studies indicate that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
Massage therapy addresses different needs through varying techniques, one of which is called Swedish Massage, which aims to relax muscle tension and improve lymphatic and blood circulation through mild pressure applied to the muscle groups of the body. Swedish Massage is the recommended prenatal massage method during pregnancy because it addresses many common discomforts associated with the skeletal and circulatory changes brought on by hormone shifts during pregnancy.”
If you, or a friend or family member is pregnant, give us a call for a chiropractic consult and/or a prenatal massage at 636-464-8828.