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Prenatal Chiropractic in Barrie

pregnant mom smilingPregnancy is a beautiful journey, but it can also bring about a variety of physical changes and challenges for women. From hormonal shifts to weight gain, these changes can often lead to discomfort and pain, particularly in the back and pelvis.

Chiropractic care offers a safe and effective way for pregnant women to manage these issues and maintain optimal health throughout their pregnancy.


Common Back Pain During Pregnancy

Back pain is a common complaint among pregnant women, with studies suggesting that up to 50% to 70% of pregnant women experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy. The weight gain and changes in posture that occur during pregnancy can strain the back muscles and lead to discomfort, particularly in the lower back.  The hormone relaxin also causes the ligaments in a woman’s body to loosen gradually.  This is because it’s necessary for the pelvis to be able to open further than normal to allow the baby to pass through during delivery.  This loosening of the ligaments puts more strain on the surrounding muscles, that will need to work harder to stabilize the joints as the ligaments are contributing less.

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Safety of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic care is considered safe for pregnant women when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor. Chiropractors use gentle, non-invasive techniques to adjust the spine and pelvis, which can help alleviate pain and discomfort without the use of medication.

Chiropractic care is also very safe for the baby.  Specialized pregnancy pillows are used during the treatment so the mother can lie face down on the table without putting pressure on her belly.  Expectant mothers are often very pleased to be able to lie face down for the first time in months!

Common Musculoskeletal Issues During Pregnancy

In addition to back pain, pregnant women may also experience other musculoskeletal issues, such as:

Pelvic pain: As the baby grows, the pelvic joints can become irritated, leading to pain and discomfort.

Sciatica: The sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the legs, can become irritated during pregnancy, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in the legs.

Round ligament pain: The round ligaments, which support the uterus, can become strained during pregnancy, leading to sharp or stabbing pain in the abdomen or groin.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Hormonal changes lead to increased swelling in the extremities, and can put pressure on the nerves in the wrist, leading to numbness, tingling, and hand weakness.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Chiropractic care can offer numerous benefits for pregnant women, including:

Pain relief: Chiropractic adjustments can help relieve back pain, pelvic pain, and other musculoskeletal issues commonly experienced during pregnancy.

Improved pelvic alignment: Chiropractic adjustments can help improve pelvic alignment, which can be beneficial for labor and delivery.

Reduced risk of complications: By maintaining proper spinal mobility and limiting intrauterine constraints, chiropractic care can help reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery.

Enhanced overall well-being: Chiropractic care can help pregnant women feel more comfortable and relaxed, leading to a healthier pregnancy overall.

We’re Here to Be Your Trusted Partner in Care

Chiropractic care can be a valuable tool for pregnant women seeking to manage pain and discomfort and maintain optimal health throughout their pregnancy. If you’re pregnant and experiencing musculoskeletal issues, consider seeing one of our chiropractors to explore how chiropractic care can benefit you and your baby.


Prenatal Chiropractic  Barrie ON | (705) 722-3131