Is it safe to see a chiropractor while pregnant?

At Advanced Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy in Riverdale, NJ, we see so many different types of patients. From children to athletes and seniors to expectant mothers, we see everyone! One common question we’ve been getting is, “Is it safe to see a chiropractor while pregnant?” And the answer is yes! Not only is it safe to see a chiropractor during pregnancy, it’s extremely beneficial in helping prevent aches and pains pregnant women experience as their body changes and grows.

During training, all chiropractors are trained to treat women who are expecting a child. If you are feeling a little concerned about seeing a chiropractor during your pregnancy, talk to your midwife or OBGYN first and always make sure you are open and honest about any questions when you do see a chiropractor during your pregnancy. 

Getting adjusted regularly while pregnant is a great way to help relieve added stress on the spine that comes with posture changes and weight gain. A common symptom many women experience is sciatic pain, where pain runs along your sciatic nerve from your lower back, through your legs and to your feet. In addition to sciatic pain, some women experience pelvic pain and discomfort that is a result of your growing belly affecting your posture. Along with pain relief, chiropractic adjustments have been shown to help control nausea, minimize the need for a potential c-section and has even been linked to reducing time in labor! At Advanced, we recommend weekly adjustments throughout pregnancy to help keep pain and discomfort at a minimum and also to help with labor and delivery.

You may be wondering how a woman with a growing belly can get adjusted when the tables are flat. Well, we have special tables that have a dropdown area where it leaves plenty of room for a woman to rest her growing belly without any pressure. It’s very safe and very comfortable. We also use pelvic support wedges to help relieve any pressure in the hips while laying face down on the table. 

If you are experiencing any back pain or discomfort or are interested in learning more about how chiropractic adjustments can help during pregnancy, please give us a call or schedule an appointment to meet with one of our staff therapists today. 

Advanced Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy is conveniently located at 18 Newark Pompton Turnpike in Riverdale, NJ.