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5 benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy

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The benefits of a chiropractor during pregnancy: Put an end pregnancy back pain now

Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is a must for pregnant moms! It’s a safe and non-invasive holistic treatment which studies have shown to be effective and beneficial. The benefits of chiropractic care extend far beyond pregnancy, into birth and postpartum.

Reasons You Should See A Chiropractor During Pregnancy

I can personally attest to its benefits as it has done some amazing things to my body.

I no longer suffer from pregnancy-induced symphysis pubis dysfunction, back spams, and sciatica. For some, these symptoms may go away immediately after baby is  born. But for many others like myself, chiropractic care is very much needed to help the body heal.

Pregnancy is meant to be enjoyed and you don’t have to keep suffering in silence.

5 Major benefits of a chiropractor during pregnancy, birth & beyond

Holistic treatment for pregnancy-related aches and pains

Did you know that 50% of all pregnant women experience back pain during pregnancy and 50% to 75% of women experience back pain during labor?

Yet only 21% of pregnant women with back pain seek help from their prenatal care providers. (source)

As you can see, back pain is very common in childbearing women.

Your doctor may have already told you that it’s normal for you to experience various aches and pains throughout your body during pregnancy.

What you may have not been told, is that there is a way for you to get some relief.

Not in the form of temporary pain-relieving pills, but in the form of chiropractic care.

Commonly prescribed painkillers such may provide you with temporary relief, but they aren’t meant to heal the body. The best part about chiropractic care is that it focuses on identifying the root cause of the pain and treating it.

The results of a study indicated that, 75% of pregnant patients who received chiropractic care during their pregnancies stated that they found relief from pain. 

Lingering pain can have a very negative effect not only on your pregnancy but on your experience during labor. 

In order to minimize discomfort during pregnancy, to prepare your body for an easy labor, and to speed up your postpartum recovery, consider get adjusted.

Encourages optimal fetal positioning reducing need for medical interventions

The Webster’s Technique, helps improve pelvic and spinal alignment. This reduces uterine torsion aka: twisting, and essentially makes more room for the baby in the womb.

According to this study, Webster’s Technique has a success rate of 82%. It also promotes optimal fetal positioning it results in an easier and quicker labor.

This technique isn’t one that will get your baby to turn immediately like an external cephalic version (ECV) might. However, the positive physiological effect it has on the body encourages the baby to get in the perfect position for birth! This lowers the risk of the cascade of interventions which can lead to a c-section.

It is a gentle, non-invasive technique which is nearly risk free compared to the turning method known as ECV which includes risks such as placental tearing and preterm labor!

Lowers risk of back labor

The authors of a survey found that chiropractic adjustments may significantly lower the chances of a pregnant woman suffering through the pain of back labor.

According to this study, you are 3 times more likely to experience back labor if you have back pain during pregnancy.

Thankfully I haven’t experienced the pain of back labor but if you’re curious, check out what these 20 moms have to say about what back labor is actually like.

Speeds up postpartum recovery

The benefits of a chiropractor also include a quicker postpartum recovery. Your pelvis and spine go through major changes both during pregnancy and postpartum days.

Many women accept this pain as “normal” but the truth is that, a healthy body shouldn’t be in pain.

Dysfunctions in the spine can manifest itself in other ways throughout your body. Chiropractic care identifies the root cause of any issues. It aims to treat to heal from the inside out by improving bodily functions which in turn allow your body to heal itself. 

Boosts the immune system 

Immune system support is important especially during pregnancy when you may be more prone to illness. Chiropractic adjustments are especially beneficial for expecting moms.

A groundbreaking 3-year study conducted by Dr. Ronald Pero¹, revealed that chiropractic patients were found to have a 200% greater immune competence than people who had not received chiropractic care, and 400% greater immune competence than people with cancer and other serious diseases. 
¹Pero R. “Medical Researcher Excited By CBSRF Project Results.” The Chiropractic Journal, August 1989; 32.

Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy has helped me so much that I’ve made it my duty to let expecting moms know of its benefits! From pregnancy, to birth, and beyond, getting adjusted can lead to a more enjoyable and healthy pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

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So, will you be seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy?

Comment below!


  • Mikaila De Chavez
    April 24, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Interesting! I’ll definitely try this, I’m currently on my 3rd month.

  • Taylor Bishop
    January 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I didn’t know it could be good to see a chiropractor when you are pregnant. That said, it’s good to know that it can actually help lower risk of back labor. This seems like it could be important especially if you know women in your family that went through it.

  • Chenille
    November 7, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    thank you for sharing all your holistic tips! It’s always nice to hear of people steering away from the traditional medical model and using natural resources when our bodies are in such vulnerable states

  • Sarah
    September 22, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    This is such an interesting read! I had no idea there were so many benefits. I’m done having babies, but I’ll pass this on to my expecting mommy friends!

    • Lifeofababe
      September 22, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah! Glad you enjoyed this post 🙂

  • Holly
    September 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

    I love my chiropractor! I was so nervous the first time I went, but it was totally worth it. So happy to hear it’s helped you too!

    • Lifeofababe
      September 20, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      I love mine too! They are really amazing and what they do is essential for great health. I hope they become more mainstream.

  • Rachel R Ritlop
    September 20, 2018 at 7:56 am

    YESSSS! I started seeing mine when I was 12 weeks and it’s been a life savor! I struggled with daily headaches for years and then being pregnant I couldn’t take the meds or use the rubs that I used to manage it in the past. I don’t know what I’d do without my chiro!

    • Lifeofababe
      September 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Glad yours able to help you! Chiropractors are amazing and honestly, everyone should see one!

  • Molly Moon
    September 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    This is so interesting! I’ve never heard much about using a chiropractor during pregnancy, but I’ll definitely be filing this away for the future.


    • Lifeofababe
      September 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Chiropractors are amazing especially during pregnancy! Thanks for reading!


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