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7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

Many women wonder if they should see a chiropractor while pregnant. More importantly, they question if it’s a safe way to treat those regular pregnancy pains.

Research shows 75% of pregnant women experience pelvic and back pain that increases with each passing month.  Medications are off the table, so how can you treat the pain? By getting regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to treat malalignments in the spine and pelvis.

In this article, I’ll go over risks of realignment in pregnant women, along with seven crucial reasons you should see a chiropractor during pregnancy.

Risks of Seeing a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

Even with all our awesome medical technology and science, pregnancy, labor, and delivery are still the riskiest things you will ever do as a woman. There really aren’t any risks to chiropractic care during pregnancy. It’s non-invasive and uses no medications.

However, pregnant women with the following conditions should first seek care with their primary provider or OB/GYN before consulting a chiropractor:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Ruptured amniotic membranes
  • Cramping
  • Sudden onset of pelvic pain
  • Premature labor
  • Placenta previa
  • Placenta abruption
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Moderate to severe toxemia

The 7 Reasons to See a Chiropractor During Pregnancy

So, you’re growing a human. That’s amazing! It’s also a huge responsibility to nurture and bring this life into existence safely. Ensuring their safety from the moment of conception is generally what the ‘Mom’ tag is all about.

Receiving chiropractic care while pregnant is one of the best and healthiest things you can do for yourself and your baby.  Here are the seven primary reasons you’ll want to see a chiropractor during pregnancy.

  1. An out-of-alignment pelvis can restrict the space your fetus has in which to grow and move. This is called ‘intrauterine constraint’ and often leads to birth defects.
  2. A misaligned pelvis can also lead to a difficult delivery, leading to a woman’s inability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.
  3. A well-aligned pelvis reduces your baby’s risk of moving into a breech or posterior position.
  4. Pelvic and spinal realignments help balance your body’s structure, making it easier to maintain pregnancy’s extra weight and movements.
  5. In addition to helping with back and pelvic pain, chiropractic care can help relieve pain in your joints, hips, and neck as well.
  6. A realignment frees the flow of fluids in your spinal column, which often translates into higher energy levels, better sleep, and less stiffness.
  7. Finally, there is some evidence to suggest women who’ve undergone chiropractic care during pregnancy have a smoother and faster delivery.

Now, if that last one didn’t get you hooked on seeing the chiro, I don’t know what will!

Having said that, before you tab over to Google and search for your new chiro, here are four myths about chiros that are actually true.  Learn a few things to watch out for and get a better understanding of how chiropractors work.

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Healthline: Chiropractor While Pregnant: What Are the Benefits?

ACA Blogs: 5 Conditions Chiropractic Care Can Improve During Pregnancy

American Pregnancy Association: Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

4 Myths About Chiropractors That are Actually True

The popular TV series, MythBusters, uses different aspects of the scientific method to debunk or prove popular myths. It’s such a fun show to watch. When it comes to chiropractic methods, I’m always looking around for legends to debunk every chance I get; however, some myths are actually true! Those are the ones I’d like to talk about today.

The Myth:  Chiropractors Only Focus on the Spine

Well, of course that’s true, our main focus is your spine – But it’s important to understand your chiropractor isn’t only focused on the spine. Many of us love taking care of extremities like your shoulders, ankles, and knees as well. We are well-skilled practitioners in the entire musculoskeletal system. Our focus is our solid understanding of your nervous systems.

The Myth:  Chiropractors Aren’t Doctors

True, chiropractors are not medical doctors. We are board-certified Doctors of Chiropractic Medicine who don’t prescribe medications or perform invasive procedures.  Instead, we focus on helping the body heal itself by reducing inflammation on your nerves.


The Myth:  Chiropractic Care Costs Too Much

Some insurances don’t cover chiropractic care, but most do. So this may feel and be true for some people but not for most.

Several studies over the years have looked at the cost of traditional healthcare versus chiropractic care and found that undergoing regular chiropractic care was significantly less than the cost of medical expenses.  In a North Carolina study, over 43,000 workman’s comp claims were examined over the course of 19 years.  It was discovered that the average claim managed by a medical doctor was $21,000, while chiropractic care costs only added up to $663, an 82% decrease!  Moreover, with chiropractic care, injured workers lost only 33 days of work on average while those under the care of an MD were out for 200 days or more.  A Nevada workers’ comp study supported these findings as well and found that loss of work time is one-third less with chiropractic care than with medical care.

The Myth: Chiropractors Are Sports Doctors

We work with a lot of athletes here in Norwalk as well as with those who are very physically active; however, chiropractic patients come from all walks of life. We also work with car accident victims, migraine and headache patients, those with fibromyalgia, as well as with people with a variety of other chronic conditions that are nearly impossible to treat only with medication.

So, it’s true, we are “sports doctors”.  As long as your injuries are not life-threatening, we work with anyone who has a spine and a pulse.

The Myth:  Chiropractic Care isn’t Mainstream

This one is a flat-out myth.

Chiropractic care is one of the world’s largest leading healthcare and healing professions. Chiropractors work closely with medical doctors and surgeons to offer the patient well-rounded, coordinated care.  It is estimated that Doctors of Chiropractic treat more than 30 million people annually. Today, Doctors of Chiropractic comprise the third largest group of doctorate-level, portal-of-entry primary-care providers in the nation, next to medical doctors and dentists.

The medical and health industries are great with misinformation. If you have some chiropractor myths you’d like to sort out, let’s have a chat. You can call my office, reach me on social media, or simply fill out the form on this website to get in touch. Ask your questions, get your answers, and start moving better.


American Chiropractic Association

National University of Health Sciences

Medical News Today