A. Absolutely! Not only is it safe, it is beneficial for a pregnant woman to receive chiropractic care. During pregnancy, hormonal and biomechanical changes can occur that affect the function of the nervous system. The hormones produced relax the muscles and ligaments of the body resulting in increased joint mobility. The biomechanical increase in weight, which is carried primarily in front, throws off your center of gravity, and puts tremendous stress on the joints, especially the joints of the spine. The spine surrounds and protects the spinal cord and nerve roots, so problems with the spine can affect the function of your nervous system. There are numerous neurological conditions that can result. These include Bell ’s palsy, Carpal Tunnel syndrome, coccydynia (coccyx pain), sciatic neuralgia (pain in the pelvic region that radiates down the leg), brachial neuralgia (numbness and tingling of the shoulder, arm and hand), meralgia paresthetica (pain and numbness of the outside upper leg), and intercostal neuralgia (pain between ribs). If the bones of the pelvis become misaligned, this can cause restriction within the uterus affecting the baby’s ability to move. This can be the cause of a breech presentation. Regardless of whether symptoms are present or not, if subluxations are present in the spine, chiropractic care will help ensure that proper nerve supply reaches the reproductive organs and other body systems in the body. This will permit the organs to function optimally to allow for a healthy pregnancy.
Dr.Daniel S. Smith, D.C.