pregnancy back pain

Chiropractic in Pregnancy

Chiropractic care for pregnant women can not only help you stay more comfortable, but may also help facilitate the birthing process.  Studies have shown that women under chiropractic care during pregnancy tend to have shorter, easier deliveries. Chiropractic care after delivery is also a good idea. An Italian study showed that postpartum discomfort was relieved in 90 out of 120 patients who received chiropractic adjustments. 

Medications for Pain in Pregnancy

Prenatal use of pain medications is generally discouraged unless absolutely necessary since they can cause complications and there are more natural and safer alternatives.

The Safe Way to Manage Pain in Pregnancy

With the joys of pregnancy come all sorts of new aches and pains. Headaches, neck pain, mid back pain, low back pain, sciatica, just to name a few. For years now we have been advised that if we really need to take a painkiller, acetaminophen (found in Tylenol and some cold medications) is a safe choice.  Recent research is showing that this may not actually be the case. Studies are showing an increased risk of ADHD and other behavioral problems in our children if we reach for acetaminophen as a pain reliever while pregnant. There is no known risk of birth defects associated with acetaminophen use, but there may be a change in the hormones that are responsible for brain development with acetaminophen use. The study published in JAMA Paediatrics suggests that prenatal use of acetaminophen may as much as double the risk for these behavioral disorders.

Chiropractic care is a safe, non-invasive way to manage any pain or discomfort resulting from the body changes seen in pregnancy. It also has an added benefit. Studies have shown that women under regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy have shorter, easier deliveries!

Chiropractic for Breech Position

The Webster Technique is a safe, natural way to correct imbalances in the woman’s pelvis, along with reducing the stress to the ligaments that support the uterus, allowing the baby to turn in a non-invasive, non-painful way. In expectant mothers presenting fetal malposition, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position.

Other Alternative Treatments for Pain During Pregnancy

Nutritional supplements:   Certain nutrients can help as natural anti-inflammatories, such as fish oil, and natural muscle relaxants, such as magnesium.  Supplementation should only be done under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain.  Hair thin, sterile needles are inserted locally into the neck and also at remote points to encourage production of natural anti-inflammatories in the brain and direct the immune system to the area to speed healing.  There are certain acupuncture points that are unsafe during pregnancy as they may be too stimulating to the uterus.  To be safe, ensure that your Naturopathic Doctor is aware that you are pregnant so that these points can be avoided.

Registered Massage Therapy:  Muscle tension can be aggravated during pregnancy due to pregnancy hormones that relax tendons and ligaments and because of the extra weight of the baby.  Massage therapy can relax muscles and maintain proper alignment of the back and joints to relieve pain and make delivery easier and more comfortable. 

Herbal Remedies: Most herbs have not been well researched during pregnancy for safety as it is considered unethical to do so.