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Pregnancy is a beautiful yet challenging time requiring special care for you and your baby. With so many changes happening in your body, staying informed about safe and effective ways to support your well-being during this period is crucial. This blog post will explore therapeutic approaches to help you maintain a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.

Chiropractor applying the Webster Technique to a woman during pregnancy

ONE: Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

The Webster Technique

The Webster Technique is a widely recognized method for chiropractic care during pregnancy. Developed by Dr. Larry Webster, it focuses on reducing sacral subluxation and SI joint dysfunction to improve neuro-biomechanical function in the sacral/pelvic region. This adjustment can help alleviate the causes of difficult labour (dystocia), such as inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and babies positioned incorrectly.

Why Chiropractic Care is Important

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help maintain proper spinal and nervous system function, which is critical for overall health. These adjustments can also ease discomfort, promote better sleep, and aid in optimal fetal positioning for expecting mothers.

How to Pick a Practitioner

Choosing a chiropractor certified in the Webster Technique or other specialized training is essential. Certification signals trust and ensures the practitioner is educated and competent to support a more comfortable, safer, and easier birth.

 woman receiving a massage during her pregnancy

TWO: Massage Therapy During Pregnancy

Is It Safe?

Massage therapy can be incredibly beneficial during pregnancy, but it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider first. Always choose a massage therapist specializing in prenatal massage to ensure safety and effectiveness. In British Columbia, all RMTs receive prenatal training, but not all RMTs include it in their practice.

How Often to Go

The frequency of your massages can vary depending on your needs and the advice of your healthcare provider. Practitioners recommend a monthly session, but some women may benefit from more frequent visits, especially as they approach their due date.

Benefits of Massage While Pregnant

  • Reduced Muscle Tension: Alleviates discomfort and pain in the lower back, neck, and shoulders.
  • Improved Circulation: Enhances blood flow, reducing swelling in the extremities.
  • Stress Relief: Promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety, improving overall well-being.

pregnant woman getting pelvic floor physiotherapy

THREE: Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy During Pregnancy

Why It’s Important

Pelvic floor physiotherapy focuses on strengthening the muscles that support the bladder, uterus, and bowel. This type of therapy is crucial during pregnancy as it helps prepare the body for childbirth and aids in postpartum recovery. This is the most important treatment for pre- and post-natal women, but it is often the most underutilized.

How It Can Help During and After Childbirth

  • During Pregnancy: Helps manage urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
  • After Childbirth: Aids in the recovery of pelvic floor muscle function, reducing the risk of long-term issues.

Pregnant woman exercising

FOUR: Exercise During and After Pregnancy

How to Exercise Safely

Exercise is beneficial during pregnancy, but it’s important to follow guidelines to ensure safety:

  • Listen to Your Body: Avoid high-impact activities and opt for low-impact exercises like swimming, walking, and prenatal yoga.
  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise.
  • Avoid Overheating: Exercise in a cool environment and wear breathable clothing.

Professional Guidance from a Kinesiologist

Seeking advice from a kinesiologist with specific education in pre- and post-natal exercise prescription can help you develop a personalized exercise plan. They can provide safe and effective exercises tailored to your fitness level and pregnancy stage.

pregnant woman receiving a manual osteopathic therapy treatment

FIVE: Manual Osteopathy During Pregnancy

How It Can Help

Manual osteopathy involves gentle, hands-on techniques to improve the body’s structure and function. This therapy can alleviate pain and discomfort, enhance mobility, and support overall wellness during pregnancy.

Is It Safe?

Manual osteopathy is safe during pregnancy but consult your healthcare provider first. To guarantee safe and effective treatment, ensure your osteopath is a qualified professional, such as a registered manual osteopath (RMO).

When to Get Treatment

Many women find manual osteopathy beneficial throughout their pregnancy, especially in the second and third trimesters when physical discomfort increases.

acupuncture on pregnant woman

SIX: Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Is It Safe While Expecting?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option during pregnancy when performed by a qualified practitioner. It can help manage symptoms like nausea, back pain, and headaches.

How It Can Help with Fertility

Acupuncture can improve fertility by enhancing blood flow to the reproductive organs and balancing hormones. Many women use acupuncture as part of their fertility treatment plan.

How It Can Prepare You for Labor

Acupuncture can stimulate the body to prepare for labour, helping to soften the cervix and promote dilation. It’s often used to ease labour, especially for past-due babies.

Ease Labor for Past Due Babies

For babies who are past their due date, acupuncture can encourage labour to start naturally, reducing the need for medical interventions.

Conclusion

Caring for your body during pregnancy is essential for a healthy and comfortable experience. There are many safe and effective ways to support your well-being, from chiropractic care and massage therapy to pelvic floor physiotherapy, pre- and post-natal exercise, manual osteopathy, and acupuncture. If you’re looking for personalized guidance, consider booking a call with one of our expert practitioners to refine your care plan and ensure the best possible outcomes for you and your baby.

Book an appointment today and take the first step towards a healthier, happier pregnancy!

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