Maximillian Hirschman, chiropractor at London Wellness Centre, answers our question on visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy
In short, yes. Seeing your chiropractor is absolutely safe in all stages of pregnancy. As a drug-free therapy, many women prefer to have this gentle treatment as they do not have to resort to taking medication, or using temporary over-the-counter pain relief. In many respects, pregnancy is a key time to receive this kind of treatment. It will ensure that your spine and central nervous system is at optimal health. Your body is going through huge change; every day it’s adapting and growing to accommodate your baby. Whether you’re in your first or third trimester, chiropractic can help with the stresses of pregnancy, such as back, leg and pelvic aches. Women seek treatment to stay comfortable and mobile during their pregnancy.
Prior to any adjustments, your chiropractor will assess your medical history, lifestyle (such as work-life balance, diet, sleep and stress), and any current musculoskeletal complaints. Chiropractors will always recommend keeping an open dialogue with your midwife and doctor, too. Alongside treatment, your practitioner can advise on nutrition, supplements to take during pregnancy and give tailored exercises to do at home. All in all, chiropractic is an effective natural treatment to add to your pregnancy wellbeing toolkit, and your practitioner is there to support you.
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