Yeah! You should see one after your pregnancy too! Here’s why.
The thought of having someone crack back bones while your 9 months pregnant is a bit scary. But it’s also a bit misguided too. Chiropractic work isn’t just about cracking bones; it’s actually about proven techniques that are used to perform “adjustments” and align your body/nervous system so that it is better able to heal itself.
Pregnant women can suffer from pain in their back, hips, and joints, but they don’t have to. Chiropractic care can alleviate and even help resolve these issues—heck, it can even help establish pelvic balance which creates more space for your developing baby!
But isn’t back, hip, and joint pain normal during pregnancy? Everyone said I might suffer from swollen feet. Won’t my body just do its thing?
Although pain and discomfort are common during pregnancy, it doesn’t have to be. Wow, let me say that again. You Don’t Have To Be In Pain While Pregnant, AND You Can Wear Those Cute Shoes Too!
When you’re pregnant, your body is releasing more relaxant hormone which causes your joints to become more easily moved since your ligaments become looser. This is natural because your body is getting ready to push a baby, but you don’t start to push until the baby’s fully developed.
While the hypermobility is normal, it does require attention so that it doesn’t become a problem. That’s where chiropractic care comes in. Regular visits to your chiropractor can determine positive body alignment in the spine, hip, pelvis, sacroiliac, etc..
So is it really safe to see a chiropractor while I’m pregnant?
All chiropractors are trained to see pregnant women, it’s just part of the studies. There are some chiropractors that take more interest in prenatal care and pursue more training/certifications. Chiropractors who see you will have special tables you will rest on to accommodate your growing belly. Their techniques will focus on reducing discomfort and pain, and will avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your abdomen.
How do I know my chiropractor specializes in prenatal care?
You can call and ask if they have a special training/designation for prenatal care. You’re looking for the designations; DACCP (Diplomate with ICPA), CACCP (Certified with ICPA), Member of ICPA, or Webster Certified. In less fancy words, they accomplished higher education to better care for you and your growing baby.
Is chiropractic care covered by my insurance?
More than likely yes! Most health insurance includes chiropractic care as it is a proven science for treating pain and trauma. With the rise in popularity, chiropractors have become more accessible, some opening up their own practices with a low monthly subscription cost (kinda like a gym) instead of accepting insurance. Chiropractic care has become much more accessible and the cost to get it has dropped significantly.
What other services do Chiropractors offer? Can I see them after baby is born?
Chiropractors may offer services such as cupping, acupuncture, massage, diathermy, hydrotherapy, laser therapy, etc.. As new information on the benefits of chiropractic care becomes more available, and technology betters, chiropractors are becoming a primary source for preventative care and health maintenance.
Seeing a chiropractor for routine maintenance is just as important as you getting your car’s oil changed. You won’t stop caring for your cars insides just because you filled the gas tank once. Your body deserves as much, if not more attention!
Post-partum chiropractic care can help you keep your body healthy and balanced as your ligaments are tightening up again. Another aspect not always considered until you feel the pain, is the fact thatyour body is going to start moving differently to accommodate for breastfeeding, diaper changing, carrying your bundle of joy (feels like a bundle of bricks sometimes…cute bricks), as this can cause your nerves and joints to misalign. You can ease your body into these routines through regular post-partum chiropractic care.
How long should I wait before I see a chiropractor?
It’s never too early to see a chiropractor, as some even specialize in pediatric care. One of our favorite Chiropractors in Orange County, Billy DeMoss, specializes in various types of care, including chiropractic care for pregnant women and their babies. His practice is located in Newport Beach, CA—you can learn more about DeMoss Chiropractic Here. also, please don't wait until there are textbooks of pain on your pack like the woman above. Ha!
So if you want to live a healthier and happier pregnancy, you need to get yourself a chiropractor!
Christy Gochez is a certified Advanced Doula, Childbirth Educator, Infant/family CPR instructor, Placenta Encapsulator, and owner of Babylove NCP (https://www.babylovencp.com) in Orange County, California. She serves families and expecting couples who are looking for natural childbirth and parenting services and resources.