It’s a known scientific fact that pregnant women tend to develop heightened senses of taste, smell and even sound. This is due to heightened levels of estrogen and other biochemical changes in the body. It may also be related to changes in diet and overall health habits. One thing that’s certain about these “heightened senses” is that every individual is affected in different ways. Some women report drastic sensory changes while pregnant; others report very little difference.
But there’s one change that is virtually universal amongst pregnant women: Increased vigilance in terms of health and wellness. Pregnant women are naturally very protective of their unborn child, and that means learning more about how to stay healthy. It means learning how to live in a way that contributes to the growth and development of the unborn child — and avoiding things that could be potentially harmful.
Chiropractic treatment comes up very often in these discussions, principally due to the back and joint pain caused by more advanced pregnancies. Pregnant women who are suffering back pain (or other aches and pains) want to know their options in terms of getting relief — but they certainly don’t want to do anything that might put their unborn child’s health or development at risk.
Here are a few things every expecting mother should know about chiropractic treatment.
1. No contraindications have been identified
According to americanpregnancy.org and many other reputable sources, there are no known contraindications to receiving chiropractic treatment while pregnant.
2. All chiropractors are trained to work with pregnant women
Chiropractic treatment is something that can only legally be administered by qualified practitioners who have earned the doctor of chiropractic qualification. People often don’t realize how extensive this training is. Most chiropractors have a total of 7-8 years of post-secondary education. Many of them complete undergraduate work in biology and proceed to the doctor of chiropractic program, which takes an additional 3-4 years to complete, in addition to residency requirements.
3. There are specialists
If you’re still apprehensive about exploring chiropractic care during pregnancy, there are chiropractors out there who focus on this area of practice. Look for a practitioner who has more experience treating pregnant women — and whatever your reason for visiting the chiropractor (back pain, in the case of many pregnant women), it’s always important to have your questions answered.
Putting yourself in good hands
Chiropractic has been found to benefit many pregnant women who might be struggling with back or spine issues in the later phases of pregnancy. In some cases, it can also be useful during the earlier stages of pregnancy in order to correct existing spinal imbalances and “free up” the nervous system to function more naturally. The single most important factor here is trust — and that means finding a chiropractor who is highly reputable in the community, who understands your concerns as an expecting mother, who is able to provide meaningful assurances, and who ultimately provides quality treatments that make a tangible difference in the health of mother and baby.