Some of you who know me well, know that I have previously suffered from back pain. So when I found out I was expecting, I was filled with dread and questioned was the back pain going to come back with vengeance now that I would be growing a tiny person and carrying extra weight.
Pregnancy can really impact on our body’s natural alignment and there is discomfort that comes along with these changes. Now in my second trimester, I have felt some twinges in my lower back and with being pregnant, it’s not so easy to reach for the nearest painkiller as there are a lot of restrictions on what you can take, and I didn’t want to be left stuck with back pain!
Facing it head on I booked an appointment with Dr Hannah Douglas at The Ami Clinic in Bedford. I’ll talk more next week about why I chose this clinic and the research I did before making an appointment.
I realize that there’s still a lot of stigma around chiropractic care during pregnancy, so that’s exactly why I’m writing this post. I wanted to share my positive experience, but also wanted to share Dr Hannah Douglas’s answers to frequently asked questions about receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy and hopefully after reading the rest of this post you will have some reassurance. I’ll be having a weekly treatment with Dr Hannah Douglas for the next few months so be sure to check back next week!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF RECEIVING CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING MY PREGNANCY?
As more and more women discover the many benefits associated with chiropractic care in pregnancy, it is important to outline these benefits and illustrate why Chiropractic care is so important both for mum and baby. Hormonal and structural changes during pregnancy cause a relaxation in the ligaments necessary for birthing, which is an essential process but adds instability to all the joints including the spine and pelvis. This instability can lead to spinal and pelvic misalignment’s, and the consequent low back pain that many women suffer with during pregnancy.
Having your spine checked by a Chiropractor will ensure that your pelvis sits correctly, allowing your baby optimum room in the womb to develop and grow. An imbalance through the pelvis can cause low back and pelvic girdle pain for mum, and cause constraint in the womb for baby. Research has shown that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straight-forward labour and less pain & trauma for mum and baby.
Along with this, maintaining the integrity of the upper back and neck through Chiropractic adjustments helps to combat the side effects associated with carrying extra weight on the front of the body. The protruding abdomen and increased breast size increases the curve in the low back and cause pain and postural issues. Chiropractors can help to relieve tension and improve posture to minimise the stress on the body during pregnancy, preventing long-term pain and postural issues from developing.
IS CHIROPRACTIC SAFE DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes. Chiropractic helps women to be as healthy as they can during pregnancy, and is a proven safe and effective way to minimise the stress of pregnancy on both mother and child. Chiropractors will adapt the Chiropractic adjustments to suit the patient, we can work with anyone from 1 day to 100 years+ old. Research has shown that Chiropractic is safe and beneficial to anyone, including pregnant ladies.
WILL THE TREATMENT BE PAINFUL?
Most women find the Chiropractic care comfortable and relaxing, however this is dependant on where the problem is coming from! At times it can be painful, and at the start of care the day after you may feel sore or stiff, however this is often a sign that the body is responding to the adjustments which is a good sign. As you progress through a course of care, you should notice that the adjustments become more comfortable and you will feel less tension and strain through your spine.
I’M PREGNANT! WHEN CAN I START RECEIVING CHIROPRACTIC CARE?
You can start chiropractic care now! Many patients discover they are pregnant while under care, which is fantastic as they can ensure that they maintain their spinal alignment throughout their pregnancy! It is never too late to start- even through in to the third trimester it is possible to start care.
CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP TURN BREECH BABIES?
Before birth, most babies will turn in to a head first position however at times if this is not possible the baby will maintain an upward position, also known as breech. As we discussed previously, if there is a pelvic imbalance creating tension in the womb, the baby may not have the space and ability to turn naturally. The successful Chiropractic technique known as The Webster technique involves releasing areas of tension in the spine and ligaments around the womb, to restore pelvic balance. A study showed that of 700 women carrying breech babies, only 18 of their babies failed to turn when this technique was utilised. The Chiropractors aim was not to turn the baby, but to restore function to the pelvis allowing the baby the freedom of space to turn naturally without intervention.
About The Ami Clinic and Dr Hannah Douglas
The AMI Clinic is a family friendly practice based in Bedford, Bedfordshire. Their aim is to help you reach your goals; whether that is pain relief, injury management, postural correction, stress reduction, sport performance or overall health and wellness. They work across a number of disciplines, combining the principles of conventional and alternative medicine to offer you the best level of care. They will listen to all your concerns and work with you to find a solution to your problems so that you can continue doing the things you enjoy. The AMI Clinic has a strong ethos when it comes to health, the not only want to you to be pain and stress free but for you to be functioning at your best ability.
Hannah is a graduate of The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, is registered with The General Chiropractic Council, and a member of both The United Chiropractic Association and the International Chiropractic paediatric association.
After being introduced to Chiropractic from a young age, seeing the benefits of chiropractic first hand drew her towards pursuing a career in the profession. Hannah is now passionate about helping people of all ages to achieve their goals and live a healthier, happier life through Chiropractic.
Her previous experience working as a Chiropractor in London has helped her to develop her skills in a fast-paced setting. Her particular interest lies in paediatric and antenatal Chiropractic, which involves working with babies, children and mums-to-be to overcome the challenges that are faced throughout pregnancy and birth. Hannah has previously worked with midwives in a multi-disciplinary breast-feeding clinic, which has given her a wealth of knowledge on how to best look after complex breast-feeding issues. She has also undergone post graduate training through the ICPA to further develop her understanding in this area.
Hannah strives to help people improve their health naturally without the need for drugs and surgery, creating long-term health improvements. She focuses on restoring function to the body, through dealing with the root cause of problems rather than addressing symptoms alone.