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Pregnancy – How can chiropractors help?

As your body undergoes significant changes, you may find yourself dealing with discomfort in various areas. Here's how we aim to help.

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Pregnancy is a beautiful and transformative journey, but it’s not without its aches and pains. Many women wonder if there’s a safe and effective way to alleviate these issues during pregnancy. This is where chiropractic care can step in as a natural and holistic solution.

We will explore the common pains experienced during pregnancy and how chiropractors can help. We’ll also address the safety of chiropractic care during this crucial time. Plus, we’ll touch on the topic of postnatal care and its connection to chiropractic adjustments.

Pregnancy pains that chiropractic care can help with

What are some of the common pains that women experience during pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a unique experience for each individual, but several common aches and pains tend to surface:

Back pain is one of the most prevalent discomforts during pregnancy. As your baby bump grows, your centre of gravity shifts, and this puts additional stress on your spine. This change in posture can lead to strained muscles and misalignments in the spine.

The pelvis goes through significant changes during pregnancy to prepare for childbirth. This can cause discomfort and pain in the pelvic area, often referred to as pelvic girdle pain (PGP) or symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD).

Sciatica can occur when the pressure from the growing uterus compresses the sciatic nerve. This results in radiating pain down the back and into the legs.

The round ligaments, which support the uterus, can become strained and cause pain on the sides of the abdomen.

Hormonal changes, increased blood volume, and tension in the neck and shoulders can lead to pregnancy-related headaches.

As your baby grows, your ribcage may expand, causing discomfort and pain in the rib area.
Heartburn is a common digestive issue during pregnancy, caused by the pressure of the expanding uterus on the stomach.
Fluid retention during pregnancy can compress the median nerve in the wrist, leading to carpal tunnel syndrome and hand pain.

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What are some of the benefits that a pregnant mother can enjoy from chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can offer a range of benefits to both the mother and the developing baby. Here are some of the advantages you can expect:

Pregnancy adds significant additional weight to a woman’s body in a short amount of time. This change bears on the spine, frequently pulling it out of alignment.

When this happens, the pain can be quite severe. Chiropractic care during pregnancy works to keep the spine in alignment and all supporting tendons working optimally, to be better prepared and able to adequately support the extra weight.

An aligned pelvis is critical to the birthing process and increases the chances of being able to give birth naturally. According to the American Pregnancy Association, “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. This can affect the mother ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.” An experienced chiropractor can effectively address any misalignment at the pelvis before delivery, so the mother is able to deliver with greater peace of mind.
Chiropractic adjustments can provide relief from the common pregnancy-related discomforts, such as back pain, pelvic pain, and headaches. By aligning the spine and reducing pressure on nerves, chiropractic care can help you feel more comfortable throughout your pregnancy.
Chiropractic care can help pregnant women maintain better posture as their bodies change. This can be especially beneficial in preventing and alleviating back pain.
Chiropractic adjustments may help create a balanced and aligned pelvis, making it easier for the baby to assume the optimal position for birth. This can potentially reduce the risk of a breech birth or the need for a caesarean section.
Chiropractic care focuses on the spine and nervous system. By ensuring that the nervous system functions optimally, it can promote overall health and well-being for both mother and baby.
One of the most significant advantages of chiropractic care during pregnancy is that it’s a drug-free alternative for pain management. Pregnant women can seek relief without the use of medication, reducing potential risks to the developing baby.
Chiropractic care can be seamlessly integrated with other healthcare practices, such as midwifery and obstetric care, to provide a well-rounded approach to pregnancy health.
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Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

Safety is a top concern for pregnant women, and rightfully so. The good news is that chiropractic care, when administered by a skilled and experienced practitioner, is considered safe during pregnancy.

Chiropractors who offer prenatal care are trained to work with pregnant women and are familiar with the physiological and anatomical changes that occur during pregnancy. They use techniques that are gentle and tailored to the specific needs of expectant mothers.

However, it’s crucial to ensure that your chiropractor has the appropriate training and experience in prenatal and postnatal care.

Pregnant women with certain conditions, such as placenta previa or a history of preterm birth, should consult with their obstetrician before seeking chiropractic care. In most cases, however, chiropractic care can be a valuable addition to your pregnancy wellness plan.

When is the right time for chiropractic care during pregnancy?

You can start seeing a chiropractor at any stage of your pregnancy. Chiropractic care can provide relief and support throughout your entire pregnancy journey, from the early stages to the final trimester. It’s never too late to seek chiropractic help, even if you’re nearing your due date.

What to expect during a chiropractic session while pregnant?

During your initial visit, your chiropractor will conduct a thorough evaluation to understand your specific concerns and needs. They will consider your medical history and any existing conditions. Be sure to communicate openly with your chiropractor about your pregnancy and any changes you’ve experienced. Read more about the initial check-up process here.

Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are modified to accommodate the unique needs of expectant mothers. These adjustments are gentle and non-invasive. Your chiropractor will use techniques that are safe and comfortable for you and your baby.

How often should I go for chiropractic sessions?

The frequency of your chiropractic sessions will depend on your individual needs and the recommendations of your chiropractor. Some women benefit from regular sessions, while others may only need occasional adjustments to manage their discomfort.

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Are there any pregnancy chiropractors near me?

Here at Chiropractic Singapore, we’ve made our service accessible – situated at 4 locations:

Additionally, we’re proud to have women chiropractors who specialise in prenatal and postnatal care across all four of our locations. Our team is dedicated to providing safe, effective, and supportive care for expectant mothers.

To find out more out about our clinics, feel free to reach out and we look forward to supporting you on your pregnancy wellness journey!

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How much does a chiropractic session cost in Singapore for pregnant women?

The cost of chiropractic sessions in Singapore can vary based on the specific services offered. We recommend contacting our clinic at any one of the 4 locations directly to inquire about the cost of chiropractic sessions for pregnant women. Our friendly staff will be happy to provide you with detailed information about pricing and any potential insurance coverage.

Remember that the cost of chiropractic care should be viewed as an investment in your health and well-being during pregnancy. It can provide significant relief from discomfort and contribute to a more comfortable and stress-free pregnancy experience.

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Can chiropractors also help with postnatal care?

Chiropractic care isn’t limited to pregnancy but extends into the postnatal period as well. After giving birth, many women continue to experience discomfort and physical challenges. Chiropractic care can be a valuable resource for addressing these issues and supporting postnatal well-being.

Typically the best time for chiropractic adjustments is within 6 weeks of childbirth. This is because during the pregnancy duration, the body will produce relaxant hormones that loosens itself in preparation for childbirth. After giving birth, the remaining hormones will take 6 weeks to wear off.  Hence during this period of time, the body is in a more relaxed state allowing more flexibility and ease for adjustments.

Here are some of the ways chiropractors can help with postnatal care:

Postnatal neck and shoulder pain often result from the physical demands of breastfeeding and constantly holding your baby. These actions can lead to muscle strain and misalignments in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments focus on realigning the spine and releasing tension in the muscles. This not only provides immediate relief but also helps prevent chronic pain and discomfort that can arise from prolonged strain on these areas.

Back pain is a common issue for new mothers, primarily due to the constant lifting, bending, and awkward postures required in caring for an infant. Chiropractic care can address this discomfort by realigning the spine, correcting posture, and reducing muscle tension. By restoring balance to the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic adjustments can offer substantial relief from back pain, allowing you to enjoy your postpartum period with greater comfort.

The pelvis often undergoes significant changes during pregnancy, both due to hormonal influences and the physical demands of carrying a baby. These changes can affect the alignment of the spine and pelvis. Chiropractic adjustments are particularly beneficial in postnatal care as they can help restore the pelvis to its pre-pregnancy position. This realignment not only promotes better structural integrity but also helps prevent long-term issues that might arise from misaligned pelvic and spinal structures.
Chiropractic care focuses on the spine and nervous system. After childbirth, when the body is recovering from the physical stresses of pregnancy and labour, the nervous system can benefit from improved function. Chiropractic adjustments help maintain the proper alignment of the spine, which in turn supports the functioning of the nervous system. This can enhance overall well-being and promote a sense of balance and relaxation during the postnatal period, aiding in a smoother recovery.
Many new mothers are eager to regain their fitness after giving birth, but it’s important to do so safely and effectively. Chiropractors can offer guidance and support in your postpartum exercise routine. They can provide advice on exercises that are safe and suitable for your current physical condition and help you avoid injury while working towards your fitness goals.
Hormonal imbalances are a common occurrence during the postpartum period. Fluctuations in hormones can affect mood, energy levels, and overall well-being. Chiropractic adjustments aim to balance the nervous system, which plays a significant role in regulating hormones. By improving the function of the nervous system, chiropractic care can assist in stabilising hormonal fluctuations, helping you feel more emotionally balanced and energised during the postnatal period.

To ensure that you receive the most appropriate and effective postnatal care, it’s important to choose a chiropractor with experience in this area. At Chiropractic Singapore, we have skilled female chiropractors across our 4 locations who are dedicated to supporting you through every stage of your pregnancy and postnatal journey.

Note: The above information is not a substitute for a diagnosis or any form of medical care. Symptoms and treatments differ from person to person, and one should consult a chiropractor or a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis and recommendation.