A woman’s body undergoes tremendous change and stress over the 39 weeks of gestation.  From the hormone changes to the having to “share” their abdomen with the new addition, it can be a very painful experience for the expectant mother.  Commonly we see, back pain, sciatica, lower pelvic pain and swelling in the legs and feet in pregnant women. 

Studies show that chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy, including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery, and reduced need for analgesics. In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24 per cent shorter labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39 per cent shorter labour times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50 per cent in the patients who had received adjustments. In addition, 84 per cent of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care! And because the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better, there is significantly less likelihood of back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back/sacral area during labour) when receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy. Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. (Canadian Chiropractic- Jan 31,2009)