How Chiropractic Aids High-Risk Pregnancies

Pregnancy is a glorious and wonderful part of life. Welcoming a new bouncing bundle of joy into a family is one of the greatest times in the lives of everyone involved. even with the most “normal” and carefree pregnancies, many mothers to be can experience complications, moments of panic and cause for concern for their new family  member. Pregnancy is a very delicate and trivial occurrence, even for the healthiest of mothers. So, with this said, any pregnancy deemed high-risk, is sure to come with more reason for worry and concern than any other.

According to the Mayo Clinic,

In many other cases, a pregnancy is labeled as high-risk due to some form of medical condition that develops during pregnancy for either the mother or baby. Some of the more common reasons for a high-risk pregnancy are things such as a high maternal age, you may be surprised to know that, this usually appli


es to a mother that is at least 35 years of age or older. Specific lifestyle choices such as frequent to regular smoking of cigarettes, or consumption of alcohol or even illegal drugs, also contribute to a high-risk pregnancy. Along with many various complications that may occur during a pregnancy, chronic conditions like as diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy — increase pregnancy risks. A blood condition, such as anemia, any type of  infection or an underlying mental health condition also greatly increase pregnancy risks.

Recent studies on the very cause of the majority of U.S high-risk pregnancies, show that there is a growing rate among women here in the U.S. Experts attribute the rise to a larger number of women over the age of 35 having children, as well as epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure soaring within he U.S too, all of which are contributing factors to complications during birth. The numbers most certainly do not lie, as more than 104,000 births in the U.S. alone were to women between 40 and 45, way back in 2005 alone.

High Risk Pregnancy Complications

So, being aware of the many ways in which a pregnancy can be labeled high-risk, is seemingly half the battle when it comes to proper care and due diligence when pregnant. Taking the time to truly know the ins and outs of the risks and how to avoid and/or treat them is the best way to equip yourself with all of the safeguards possible, as well as a smart way to know how to handle any one of these bumps in the road along the 9 month journey.

Most high risk pregnancies often suffer from ailments such as hypertension, severe to chronic joint pain and even extensive muscle pain in frequently used parts of the body. The ACA states,

The average woman will gain close to 40  pounds over a full term pregnancy, and when combined with the increased stress placed on the body by the baby, may even result in severe discomfort, or displacement of joints and vertebrae. Studies recently conducted on the overall comfort levels of mothers to be have found that about half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies.

For mothers with increased risk during their pregnancy, much of this immense pain stems from the pressure being put onto the body by the baby. this pressure puts so much force on the skeletal system, that pain is often just a common ailment associated with pregnancy. This pressure and pain means that the body becomes less structurally sound, and complications can arise. Even more non threatening or obvious symptoms such as headaches, lightheadedness and blurred vision can spark cause for concern. So, just how do you properly monitor your own health and manage your pregnancy in the best way possible? Many people turn to chiropractic care.

Why Chiropractics is Safe for High Risk Pregnancies

Although it may seem like a highly unlikely source for pregnancy pain relief, chiropractic care is actually one of the best non invasive and safe methods to help ease the many issues that come with high risk complications during pregnancy.

Chiropractic care is the practice of fixing mis-alignments in the spine and other joints known as subluxations, alleviating nerve pressure, allowing the body to run and heal optimally. So, helping those in high risk pregnancies where the joints and the spine are compromised far more, is something that chiropractics is equipped to do. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and Dr. Jeanne Ohm even state that.
chiropractic care during pregnancy can help both mother and baby in a number of ways
Everything from proper pelvic positioning for mother to be, to proper development of the baby’s spine. The less stress and fatigue the mother is under, the less that is projected onto the baby itself. A low level of stress can result in a far easier delivery.

During pregnancy, there are a wide range of certain hormones that actually work together to increase the laxity of tissues within the pelvic floor, this is done in order to fully prepare the birth canal for delivery. As essential as this is for a much more relaxed delivery, this same branch of hormones are also known to displace the joints of the pelvis and spine, meaning mothers-to-be are carrying the baby’s weight n an unnatural position. This is why the majority of chiropractic treatments on women who are pregnant, hone in on trying to better stabilize joints that may move as the baby grows.

So, not only is it safe because of the methods it uses, and the way in which it manipulates joints to relieve pressure and any pregnancy pains, it is also beneficial to both mother and baby. Many people are scared off from chiropractic care, especially during pregnancy, but the methods used are safe because they are done by licensed medical professionals that are specifically trained to know how the body needs to be manipulated in order for better overall health. This has never been more important than in a pregnancy, as both mother and baby need to be operating at full capacity in order to stay as healthy as possible. With high-risk pregnancies, this is the number one priority.

Short and Long Term benefits of Chiropractics for Mother and Baby

Ensuring that both mother and baby are aligned, free from pain and overall healthy, is an important factor in any birth. A  high risk pregnancy, is even more in need of the reassurance that all  joints, ligaments, and the spine and neck, are in good working order. Helping to ensure that mother and baby are ready for delivery day is essential to overall health and well-being.

The benefits of chiropractic care have been well documented; more and more people all over the world are turning to this non-invasive form of medicine to help them with much more than a crick in the neck. There has even been a rise in certain specialties within chiropractic care over the last decade.  The ACA tell us that chiropractic care does everything from helping to lower blood pressure, to assisting in the relief from ailments such as gout or ear infections, chiropractics works, and the results are out there to see in the millions of people that turn to it daily. A high risk pregnancy needs to be closely monitored, as the slightest anomaly can be a cause for concern. Taking the time to care for yourself as a mother, and your unborn child is something that should be a no-brainer. Taking the time to do all you can to reduce the cause for concern, the lower the chances of a spike in blood pressure and to relive that ever persistent back pain, is a job that chiropractics is glad to handle for you.

Chiropractic manipulation is safe for the pregnant woman and her baby, and is very popular among women that are looking to have a much more natural birthing process, free from medication. Chiropractic care may also help well after childbirth. In the first few months  following labor and delivery, many of the ligaments involved in the birth tend to become an issue as they begin to tighten and return to their old state,  these ligaments should be  treated before they return to their pre-pregnancy state, in doing so, mothers are saving themselves from unnecessary muscle tension,  frequent headaches and neck problems, to say the very least.

When to Get Adjusted Over an Entire Pregnancy

So, just when is the right time to see a chiropractor during your high-risk pregnancy? The safest and smartest time is to see your chiropractor before, during and after childbirth. Verifying all chiropractic visits with your primary care physician is always advised. However, due to hormonal changes, regulating any issues, catching them before they become larger problems, and normalizing joint motion is something that is advised throughout pregnancy, which is why continued care throughout all three trimesters is ideal for both mother and baby.


Many expectant mothers often ask themselves, “can you go to the chiropractor in early pregnancy?” The answer is of course, yes. In fact, many chiropractors often specialize in adjusting pregnant women, and are often referred to as baby chiropractors. Here at The Joint, Glendale, our Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Andrew Haig states,

“chiropractic care at any and all stages of pregnancy is healthy. The mother’s body is working overtime each and everyday of that baby’s development. And so to help her body intrinsically and to help her overall with her own physical energy, adjustments are a great tool. The more aligned and balanced we can maintain her body, the more effective her nervous system will be for both her and for the development of her baby. Pregnancy adjustments are like a two for one–they serve both mom and the baby.”

There are a growing number of women that actually choose to see their chiropractor during their first trimester; since this is slated as one of the most delicate periods of a pregnancy, ensuring that the body is well equipped to handle the coming months, is a priority that many expecting mothers make. Regular chiropractic care for mother and baby can be determined by everyone involved in the birthing process, so as to map out a healthy birth plan, and monitor the progress and growth of mother and baby.

Debunking Myths & Fortifying Your Health

For all of the good that chiropractic care brings to anyone that receives treatment, there is a lot of uncertainty that surrounds the form of non-invasive medical care. The ever growing number of pregnant women that see a chiropractor in the many months leading up to the actual birth of their child, should tell you that these bouts of uncertainty are nothing but heresay. Chiropractic care is not only safe for mother and baby, but in mothers with high-risk pregnancies, chiropractic care is often encouraged by primary care physicians. Giving the body the best possible chance at full health, means that mothers are free or lessened from joint pain and any other nagging ailment that comes with carrying a bundle of joy for 9 months at a time, and it also allows better blood flow, less stress and an all around lowered amount of undue worry for the baby.

Chiropractic care is a way to really stabilize your health, to give your body, your immune system and your central nervous system, a way to be healthy, in doing so, both your body and mind are free to function at a high level, keeping you happier, more mobile and far more level headed and able to think. A more enjoyable pregnancy with less pain and stress, is something every mother-to-be will welcome with open arms.


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