Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
According to the American Pregnancy Association, chiropractic care is not only safe but also effective. The following is a quote from the APA website: “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant… Some chiropractors take a specific interest in prenatal and postnatal care and seek additional training.” They have listed the following benefits to regular chiropractic care in pregnancy:
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
Reducing the time of labor and delivery
Relieving back, neck or joint pain
Preventing a potential cesarean delivery
Ask any chiropractor and he or she will tell you that it is absolutely safe during pregnancy to get adjusted. But why trust a chiropractor on this? Well, chiropractors do have years of training in anatomy, physiology and reproductive health. However, you may want to hear that it’s safe from a source outside of chiropractic. Here it is. The American Pregnancy Association has a medical advisory committee with several MDs, and OBGYNs, from medical centers spanning from Johns Hopkins, to Stanford, to Penn State reviewing the information they deliver, and they clearly support chiropractic care during pregnancy.
We get referrals in our office from OBGYN doctors in the area who have patients with back pain and sciatica. The limited ability to prescribe medications during pregnancy is why doctors often refer to chiropractic care to help reduce back pain, hip pain, and sciatica while pregnant.
It’s always advisable to consult with your doctor to make sure there are no contra-indications for any treatment you seek while pregnant. But as far as safety, chiropractic adjustments are head and shoulders above most other pain reduction treatments.
But does it work? Yes! And usually quite quickly. A recent study showed that on average it only took 4 ½ days to get significant improvement from back pain during pregnancy when treated with chiropractic care. Please, if you are suffering from pain during pregnancy don’t hesitate to call us for a consultation to see if natural, safe, and effective chiropractic care could help ease pregnancy for you.
Dr. Kauffman is a practicing chiropractic physician in Loveland Ohio, serving patients in Loveland, Mason, and the greater Cincinnati area. Dr. Kauffman treats patients who are pregnant suffering from back pain, hip pain, sciatica, and neck pain.