Announcing you’re expecting to the world is one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy. It’s when you get to shout from the rooftops the exciting news that you are adding to your family. It’s when you get to (finally) explain why you’ve been crying at the drop of a hat, why you’ve been SO tired, and why you didn’t keep that sushi date with your girlfriends.
Most women wait until around 8-12 weeks to announce their pregnancy, but if you’re seeing a chiropractor, you need to tell her/him right when you find out (it’s even a good idea to share when you’re starting to try). In this blog I’m going to explain a few reasons why you should tell you’re chiropractor you’re pregnant at your next appointment.
If you’re interested in chiropractic care during pregnancy, you can read more of our content by clicking on the links below. Always feel free to call our Cary Chiropractic Center as well, our chiropractors don’t mind answering some of your questions!
Chiropractors are Entrance to Care Providers
This means that you may be seeing your chiropractor for a number of reasons. Low back pain, sciatica, and headaches are some of the most common reasons people seek a chiropractor. A pregnancy may (and probably does) play a role in the symptoms you’re feeling, in fact pregnancy is an important part of your health history. Hormonal changes in the first trimester can cause headaches, even ones like migraines. Keeping the fact that you’re pregnant to yourself doesn’t give your chiropractor all the information he or she needs and this can make diagnosing your complaint more difficult.
Your Chiropractic Treatment During Pregnancy May Change
Chiropractic care for pregnant women has been proven to be safe through research, there are very few adverse events. You should tell your chiropractor you’re pregnant because pregnancy may change what treatments your chiropractor uses during a routine office visit. In fact, electric muscle stimulation, Graston Technique, and therapeutic ultrasound are all treatments that are usually put on hold during pregnancy. If you’re already seeing a chiropractor and these treatments are a part of your regular visits, you need to let your chiropractor know you’re expecting so they shift their treatment strategy.
Chiropractic Care Focused on Pregnancy Can Really Help
More than likely you’re going to have aches and pains that are associated with your pregnancy. The earlier you start on pregnancy-specific treatment and exercises, the better. Knowing about your pregnancy early allows your chiropractor to educate you on low back strengthening exercises with you before you need them. Establishing spinal stability exercises early on keeps you moving and relatively pain-free.
Chiropractors that Specialize in Pregnancy Offer Great Advice
Most OB/GYNs start prenatal care around 8-9 weeks after your last menstrual period. If you’ve been pregnant before, however, you know that you have plenty of changes going on in those first few weeks. In additional to your OB/GYN care, a chiropractor can offer a lot of valuable advice on having a comfortable pregnancy. A chiropractor who sees pregnant women often, like Dr. Brianna Williams DC, can also provide you with tips and tricks to help with symptoms such as sleep disturbance and nausea.
Obviously, chiropractors who treat pregnant patients aren’t there to replace an OB/GYN. What they can do is offer supportive care to make your pregnancy more comfortable. In fact, research has shows that A multi-modal approach to low back and pelvic pain in mid pregnancy benefits patients more than standard obstetric care. You can read about this study, which included chiropractors and medical doctors both treating pregnant women during their pregnancy, here –> Effect of chiropractic care and medical care for pregnant women
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.
If you're interested in whether she or another AccessHealth provider can help you, navigate to our contact page or follow this link to request an appointment.