American Pregnancy Association describes chiropractic by saying, "Chiropractic care is health maintenance of the spinal column, discs, related nerves and bone geometry without drugs or surgery. It involves the art and science of adjusting misaligned joints of the body, especially of the spine, which reduces spinal nerve stress and therefore promotes health throughout the body." The association explained some reasons for seeking chiropractic while pregnant. "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. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery."

 

Have you used a chiropractor during pregnancy?  What for?  Have you noticed a difference?

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I love my chiropractor! I have seen him through both pregnancies. The adjustments definitely make a difference. The combination of the hormone relaxin, weight gain and changing weight distribution can cause the spine to get out of alignment, extra stress on various joints and other complaints that can be addressed through spinal manipulation. I've also read that if the pelvis is misaligned by even a small amount, the baby can have a more difficult labor and mommy won't progress as quickly. A great book on all this is "The Other Side of Pregnancy". It really explains the reasons for chiropractic care during pregnancy. And it has wonderful exercises to do to avoid a lot of the aches and pains many women feel in their backs during pregnancy!
Thanks for that book reference I'm going to check it ot!
I have had chiro care consistently for 6 years or so. With my last pregnancy, he gave me full "rights" to come in at anytime for any twinge. Same for this one (I'm 20 wks). He turned a breech last time at around 35 or so weeks with the Webster technique. Overall, the sciatica was a HUGE pain for me so I really don't know how folks do pregnancy without chiropractic care honestly! It is truly a blessing to be pregnant but Chiro care takes away those pains associated often with that blessing!
I love my chiropractor too! I've been seeing him for about eight years. We are expecting our son in early July this year and I've seen my chiropractor every two weeks - mostly because I had to with my job. It's fantastic pain relief as far as my day to day life, but I also seem to have less discomfort about a day after my adjustments. I've also been told by other people that chiropractic did great things for their pregnancy such as labor time reduction. My massage therapist also says the same thing about massage therapy.
My husband is a chiropractor so I get unlimited adjustments. During my pregnancy I was adjusted at least once a week, sometimes more if I was getting sore. Rachel is right on with why you should get adjusted during pregnancy. And my husband has had great success with turning breeches with the Webster technique. Also, he is commonly visiting new borns for their first adjustment after the stress of the birth process. (our baby was checked 20 minutes after birth). I do think getting adjusted during labor helped me as well. I had 4 hours of labor and 11 minutes of pushing before meeting our little girl and I got adjusted a few hours before labor started.

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