Chiropractic care and pregnancy
Prior to conception:
If you are planning to have a baby, chiropractic care can help by promoting more regular menstrual cycles and optimum uterine function. Chiropractic adjustments prepare the body to be strong, flexible and as balanced as possible to carry out a healthy pregnancy.
According to research, chiropractic care can result in easier pregnancy, including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery, and reduced need for analgesics. In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24 per cent shorter labour times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50 per cent in the patients who had received adjustments. In addition, 84 per cent of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care.
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2. Diakow P, Gladsby T et al. Back Pain During Pregnancy and Labour. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. (1991) Vol 14: 116-118.
3. Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labour: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic. (1991) 24-31.
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