Prenatal Chiropractic?

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Sweet Pea Twins's picture
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Prenatal Chiropractic?

I've been having a lot of pelvic pain - really down in between my legs and under my belly - and it makes movement hard - I even have a hard time walking sometimes, and I'm only 29 weeks. After talking with her after class last week, my birth instructor suggested chiropractic treatments and prenatal massage. Everything I've read about prenatal chiropractic suggests that it's great for positioning, etc, but I thought that it was just for later pregnancy... is it too early for me to go see a chiropractor? She suggested one that works out of a local birth center, so I am assuming that she would be helpful... I just don't want to go in sounding completely dumb! LOL

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OMG- GO! I started having chiro appts as soon as I got back to the States- which was at 30 weeks. And if you're having that pubic symphasis pain (which is what it sounds like- I had the same with both pregnancies) chiropractic is like a magical cure. That pain went away for me after 1 visit! I kept going weekly though. So yeah... go, asap if you can!

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I started around 32 weeks, I think, but that's only because that's when I started getting bad pain (mine was lower back/pelvis). For that it definitely was better right away but took a couple of weeks of sessions every 3-4 days to get it consistently fixed. I stuck with once a week after that until I delivered just to keep things on track--the research on outcomes for ladies under chiropractic care is pretty compelling, too--having everything loose and aligned definitely gives you a better shot at an uncomplicated NCB!

Go go go! Smile

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Totally go! I haven't gone this pregnancy, but with my last I did a few times starting at about 28 weeks due to horrible sciatic pain. After the first session I felt immediately better!

Just around and find someone experienced in pregnancy Smile

Sweet Pea Twins's picture
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Thanks, ladies - that's exactly what I wanted to hear! Biggrin I'll call on my lunch break to hopefully set something up for next week!

Kris_w - the chiropractor that I am looking at works out of a birth center, so I'm fairly certain that she specializes in prenatal chiropractic... Biggrin

Sweet Pea Twins's picture
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"Marite13" wrote:

OMG- GO! I started having chiro appts as soon as I got back to the States- which was at 30 weeks. And if you're having that pubic symphasis pain (which is what it sounds like- I had the same with both pregnancies) chiropractic is like a magical cure. That pain went away for me after 1 visit! I kept going weekly though. So yeah... go, asap if you can!

Oh, I TOTALLY hope this works as quickly as as well as it did for you - I'm miserable!

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Definitely go, you won't be sorry, and you'll probably wonder why you waited so long. Some women get immense help with one or two treatments, some need to keep going regularly because things keep getting out of whack from all the growth & shifting your body is doing. Also make sure that you sleep with a pillow (or two!) between your legs and another under your belly, if needed, to help keep your back, pelvis, hips, and legs in a good position all night. If your hips are larger than your legs, you might even need a pillow under your feet or knee to keep a good alignment.

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Totally go! I go every other week-- and I'm not in any pain, it just helps with overall comfort (I always sleep better after an adjustment....)

Hope it relieves your pubic pain!

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I've been having really bad pelvic pain for the last week. I had some off and on from about 28 weeks on, but this last week it has been bad! Found out baby is sitting on my pubic bone, so that's causing a lot of my discomfort, I would imagine. But getting out of bed at night to pee is seriously so painful (and just going from sitting to standing in general!), so I totally feel your pain - literally! I have my first chiropractor visit on Monday morning! I will let you know how it goes!

But I say, make an appointment pronto!

jolly11sd's picture
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Yes, I started at like 28 weeks too & it made a difference. I'm still going & will go again starting early my next pregnancy.

Go, go, go!!!

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Go for sure! I go every month all the time no matter if I'm pregnant or not, our whole family goes once a month so I'm there anyway. But if it wasn't a regular thing for our family, I'd totally start at least in my 2nd tri anyway when I just start feeling "fuller" (is that the right description LOL) and more uncomfortable! I just had my monthly appt last week and he got my hip popped back in place, I didn't really know it was out I was just feeling uncomfortable in my left hip but nothing major or at least I didn't think it was until it was gone and I realized I'd been moving specifically to avoid putting pressure on that side. I feel soooo much better and as this pregnancy goes on I'll start seeing him more often as I need to. And shortly after LO is born, he/she will be in there getting adjusted too Smile

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I started seeing a chiro at the end of my first trimester with my first pregnancy, and before that with my second. My chiro was my best friend both pregnancies LOL

One side benefit of chiro care... It helps normalize blood pressure:)