How often should I see the chiropractor while pregnant is a common question, and I’m going to give a general outline for how often you should go to a chiropractor while pregnant. I’ll share my personal experience with chiropractic during pregnancy as well.
Let me start off by saying each patient and every pregnancy is unique. You and your chiropractor should come up with a treatment plan together, one that works with your schedule and takes into account your pregnancy-related complaint. There are a variety of factors that play into the frequency of appointments.
Before I dig in, it’s important to know that seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is safe, affordable, and an excellent treatment for pregnancy related discomfort in the vast majority of people.
Do you have other questions about seeing a chiropractor while pregnant? Are you wondering if chiropractic can help back pain during pregnancy? Check out some of our other posts surrounding chiropractic care and pregnancy below.
How Many Chiropractic Visits Should I have While Pregnant?
I typically suggest using your routine OB appointment schedule as guide for when to see a chiropractor. At the beginning of your pregnancy, I typically recommend seeing a chiropractor once a month. As your body changes to accommodate the pregnancy, it can be helpful to schedule visits more often. Towards the end of your pregnancy, I sometimes see patients once a week. Here’s a general suggestion for visits:
Weeks 4-28: One visit per month
Weeks 28-35: One visit every two weeks
Weeks 35-40: One visit every week
Again, this is by no means a standard plan for every patient. It’s also just a suggestion for helping manage generalized discomfort associated with pregnancy.
Many times pregnancy brings specific complaints like sciatica, low back pain, or headaches, and your provider will design your care plan to manage treat condition. Getting adjusted is a great drug free treatment for managing pregnancy-related discomfort when there aren’t a lot of other options.
Keep in mind that chiropractic treatment frequency may vary based on a number of other factors. Consider the nature of your employment, if you are continuing to exercise while pregnant, or if you’ve had back pain previously while not pregnant.
My Personal Experience with Chiropractic While Pregnant
I continued to work (as a chiropractor) throughout almost my entire pregnancy. Since my job is somewhat physical and I was moving a lot, I found getting adjusted more frequently helped keep me comfortable. Continuing to exercise throughout pregnancy was also important to me. Getting adjusted in my pelvis, hips, lower back, and upper back helped me with this goal.
Pain associated with pregnancy can be frustrating if you’re continuing to work and try and maintain a semi-normal schedule and chiropractic care during pregnancy can help, especially when you don’t have a lot of other options for pain relief during this time.
Are you concerned about the safety of chiropractic during pregnancy? If so, feel free to read this research on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Exercises for Pregnancy Back Pain
Home exercises for pregnancy back pain are really important, that’s why I prescribe them to my patients early on in pregnancy. A few minutes a day of spinal stability exercises can set you up for a more comfortable pregnancy and may help you avoid a complaint that lasts your whole pregnancy. This video shows a few of the common exercises I recommend for my pregnant patients.
Dr. Brianna Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. She treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, Graston Technique, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include pregnancy related conditions, back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating pregnant women, especially those who're exercising and want to stay moving during their pregnancy.
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