Finally, studies are starting to show what chiropractors have been saying all along: getting regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy makes for a more comfortable pregnancy and a shorter, easier delivery. I borrowed the following information from http://www.koraorganics.com/blog/live-in-my-skin/chiropractic-and-pregnancy/:
- Chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce labor time for women who had care throughout their pregnancy. In one study, Dr Joan Fallon found that first-time mothers averaged a 24% shorter labor, while experienced mothers (those who had given birth before) had a 39% reduction in the average labor time in a substantial percentage of births.
- In another hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during the patient’s pregnancy, the results indicated that there was a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery, attributable to pre-delivery adjustments.
- A study conducted by Dr Irvin Henderson MD (a member of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees) demonstrated that “Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort.”
I can speak from personal experience, having had weekly chiropractic adjustments when I was pregnant with my son. My pregnancy was pretty comfortable and I was able to work until just before I delivered. I slept through the first 8 cm of dilation (sorry if this is TMI!) I pushed for less than an hour, and out popped my healthy baby boy. Within a couple hours I was up and walking around. I can only assume that having my pelvis functioning properly due to chiropractic adjustments had a part in the ease of my pregnancy and delivery.