Is seeing a chiropractor safe during pregnancy?

It is well known that aches and pains are a common symptom of pregnancy. Growing a human puts stress on your body through physiological and endocrinological changes. Pregnant people frequently seek the advice of their OB provider for the safest medications or treatments available during pregnancy to alleviate these symptoms. Often, the safety of chiropractic care is discussed, along with alternative options like physical therapy.  

Chiropractic care is the practice of adjusting joints in the body, particularly those of the spine, with the purported benefit of reducing spinal nerve stress and promoting wellness. While studies show chiropractic care is as efficacious as acupuncture and traditional western medicine for the treatment of low back pain, it has not been shown to be an effective treatment modality for other conditions and diseases. That being said, postural changes from the weight of a growing belly can lead to musculoskeletal issues and low back pain. Before going to a chiropractor in pregnancy, discuss with your Ob provider and ensure you are seeing a licensed chiropractor who is trained to work with pregnant people. Trained chiropractors will use techniques that avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen and may use tables that adjust for a pregnant belly. Generally speaking, spinal manipulation is a relatively safe procure but it does come with some risks. Aside from rare adverse effects, many report minor complaints like dizziness, lightheadedness, headaches or numbness after an adjustment. It is important that you discuss your symptoms and any risks with your Ob provider before scheduling an appointment. They might recommend physical therapy as an alternative for certain musculoskeletal conditions.