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Q: Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?

Posted December 18, 2013 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Yes, chiropractic is safe during pregnancy and is actually of great benefit to mom and baby. Throughout pregnancy, your body goes through many amazing changes. As baby grows, your pelvis opens up and your center of gravity shifts as more weight is added anteriorly. This increases the curvature of your lumbar spine. This added physical stress can cause back pain and lead to sleepless nights and the inability to perform certain tasks of daily living. Studies have shown regular prenatal chiropractic care can help alleviate back pain. Chiropractic removes pressure and promotes proper movement throughout the spine and pelvis and allows the nervous system to function at 100 percent. This is important, as your nervous system controls everything.

Getting adjusted decreases intrauterine constraint, which allows baby to take the most optimal position. The only thing your uterus attaches to is the pelvis. So if there is a misalignment in the pelvis, it can create a pull on the uterus, and baby doesn’t have optimal room to move and get in that head-down position. Evidence shows having your spine and pelvis aligned with baby in the optimal position will decrease labor time and lead to a more efficient delivery. To find a chiropractor in your area who specializes in prenatal chiropractic care, visit and verify they are Webster Technique certified and certified in prenatal/pediatric care (CACCP, DACCP, or DICCP).

Information provided by Nicole Olson, DC, CACCP, Olson Chiropractic Health Center, 1510 S.W. Oralabor Road, Suite B, Ankeny, 289-1015.

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