During pregnancy, the production of the hormone “relaxin” triggers a stretch response to the ligaments. It allows for the expansion of the uterus as the baby grows. However, this stretch response can often be a source of pain for the expecting mothers. It can create overactive muscles and even nerve irritation for the changing body.
In addition, with the growing belly, a woman’s weight distribution changes and becomes uneven during pregnancy, which can contribute to pain. As a result, it can be a cause of pain when pregnant. Luckily, chiropractic care is one of the safest and effective therapies for treatment of various conditions related to pregnancy. Not to mention that it is gentle, drug free and non invasive.
Hear what our prenatal chiropractor has to say regarding some common FAQ on chiropractic while pregnant!
#1: What Is A Prenatal Chiropractor?
A prenatal chiropractor is a chiropractic doctor with special interest and training to treat common pregnancy. The related conditions are Sacroiliac (SI joint) pain, sciatica, rib pain, pubic pain, groin strains and more.
Both Dr. Kimiya and Dr Amber have special interest in treating women in the prenatal and postnatal periods and have interest in helping women’s healing journey after birth. They are both familiar with the Webster technique, which is a gentle treatment to help with the intrauterine and round ligament tension. It ensures the pelvis is in an optimal position for a more painless and natural birthing process.
#2: Is Chiropractic Care Safe During First Trimester?
It is recommended that pregnant women see a chiropractor starting the first trimester!
Since the body is going through significant changes during that phase. Prenatal chiropractic care allows for the expansion of the pelvis and the uterus. Having the joints, ligaments and muscles in optimal position helps accommodate these changes. It then can result in a more comfortable pregnancy in the later trimesters
We recommend that you visit your chiropractor starting early during your pregnancy. Prenatal chiropractor provides you advice on postural changes, safe stretch routine. Besides, there may be previous imbalances or issues prior to pregnancy. The sooner you discover and begin to work on with, the better.
#3: How A Prenatal Chiropractor Adjusts Pregnant Patients?
At the beginning of pregnancy, minimal modifications are necessary and patients can be adjusted lying on their side safely.
As the belly grows and it becomes harder to move, a pregnancy pillow is introduced. It allows a pregnant patient to lie on her belly for the assessment and treatment of hips and lower back. Adjustments are done in this position using gentle mobilization techniques, and soft tissue modalities that are safe and effective for treatment of the pregnant body.
Dr. Amber and Dr. Kimiya also utilize a chiropractic drop table and the Activator when appropriate. Both of these tools allow for a gentler chiropractic adjustment and are excellent alternatives to a traditional chiropractic adjustment.
#4: Can A Prenatal Chiropractor Help With Sciatica During Pregnancy?
Yes, chiropractic care is a very effective method for treatment of sciatica during pregnancy!
Sciatica is often a result of a nerve impingement in the low back or buttock. It creates sharp shooting pain or dull achy pain into the back of legs and travel down to the ankle. Sometimes, it is also associated with numbness and tingling.
This is a common condition in pregnancy. Since the pelvis expands, the stretched muscles can find themselves pressing on the surrounding nerves more easily.
Our Coquitlam chiropractors, Dr. Kimiya and Dr. Amber have experience treating patients in the Tri-cities community that are referred to the clinikc by midwives and medical doctors. They both have excellent reputation in the community and take pride collaborating with other health care practitioners to service the community. They are both well versed in conditions that are commonly associated with pregnancy and have extensive experience treating pregnant patients!
Have any questions or wondering if chiropractic care can help you with your pregnancy journey? Contact us and book an initial consultation today, let's explore this pregnancy journey together!