Do you want to have your body “baby ready” and well balanced? Are you wanting to avoid or overcome pregnancy pains and complaints? is your baby having “positioning issues“? Have you dreamt of delivering your baby in the most natural way possible? I would love to help you.
As a women’s health focused Chiropractor, I regularly have the privilege of sharing the special journey of a woman from preconception, through pregnancy, and beyond birth. Chiropractic Care is an exceptionally safe, gentle and effective way of helping women through their journey from fertility, to prenatal care, labour and post natal care. Research suggests that regular care could make a real difference to the comfort of the mother. One study found 85% of Pregnant Women Get Back Pain Relief with Chiropractic 
How and if you would utilise Chiropractic Care depends on your approach to pregnancy. Chiropractic care aims to address structural, biochemical and emotional aspects of wellbeing. Chiropractors utilise specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine and pelvis, and care may involve soft tissue and manual therapy, home exercises, and lifestyle advice.
In my office, the main reasons women seek assistance for pregnancy are:
Problems falling pregnant (Dad’s are included here too!)
Pain (lower back, symphysis pubis, pelvis, legs, ribs, shoulders, neck, hands)
Allowing optimal room for their baby to move and grow both physically and neurologically
Assessment for in-utero positioning concerns such a breech, transverse, and posterior presentations
Support in achieving a natural physiologic labour
Recovery from the pregnancy and labour for both mother and baby
Advice on how to get the most out of each developmental stage for their baby
Do you still need to get your pelvis checked during pregnancy even if you’re not experiencing any pain or discomfort?
Being free from discomfort during pregnancy is not an indicator that your alignment is optimal. It is best to be checked out by a trained physician such as a Chiropractor who has a special interest in prenatal care. If you have previous injury to the spine, pelvis or known issues with the feminine organs, it may be beneficial to seek an assessment before week 14 of your pregnancy when your ligaments start to loosen up.
Can Chiropractors “flip a breech or transverse”?
The short answer is we do not perform the External Cephalic Version (ECV) for positional issues. I do however utilise techniques such as the Webster Technique, and Spinning Babies® protocols. Spinning Babies® is a gentle, body balancing approach with the foundational principles of Balance before Gravity and Movement. The intention of these techniques is to optimise a mothers pelvis and surrounding soft tissue structures to facilitate improved mobility and relax any tightness that may be limiting the mobility of the child in utero.
How may Chiropractic Care help once you’ve had your baby?
Lower back pain
Pubic symphysis diastasis
Tingling or numbness in the hands
Milk supply issues, mastitis, problems with latch
Could babies benefit from Chiropractic Care?
Intrauterine constraint, exposure to toxins, and even labour itself can be incredibly stressful on a newborn’s body and nervous system. This may manifest in different ways.
The way they move
Skin health and more
Often, problems don’t appear until years down the track but to a trained physician there are ways to assess challenges a newborn may be experiencing. Receiving professional advice on how to maximise each stage of development can be extremely helpful for parents.
If you aren’t sure, I’m here to help.
I believe our health and that of our children is the foundation for a happy life. It’s worth helping your baby get the best start by being proactive. So if you’re contemplating starting a family or just welcomed your first baby into the world, now is the perfect time for you both to get checked out!
 Peterson CK, Mühlemann D, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of pregnant patients with low back pain undergoing chiropractic treatment: a prospective cohort study with short term, medium term and 1 year follow-up. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014;22(1):15.