Monday, 26 August 2013

Prenatal Chiropractic Care

For about 3 weeks now I have had pretty bad rib pain on my right side. After a couple of google searches I chalked it up to pregnancy pains but it continued to get worse.  Last week at my Ob/Gyn appointment I brought it up with her and she suggested it might be bruising but by Thursday the pain was unbearable while sitting at my desk.  I mentioned it to my yoga teacher and she said it might be worth getting a second opinion so I booked an appointment with a new chiropractor's office near our house.

I have been to the chiropractor a couple of times before. My most recent visit was last year after I was hit by a car running. The time before that I had fallen off my bike on a downhill track.  But this time I was nervous.  Probably for the baby and because you aren't really quite sure how your pregnant body will respond.

The Dr. was very nice and took his time to go through all my aches an pains - including my restless legs which he thought may be related to some nerve compression in my sacrum.  I also learned I had 3 ribs out of place (2 in my back and one in my chest).  The pain immediately lessened after the adjustment but crept back up over the weekend.

Today I went back for round two: sacrum, 2 ribs and my neck, which I think is probably related to how I roll over in bed now. It feels a little achey after but I suspect that is normal.

The good news:

  • My balance is still really strong which I attribute to yoga.
  • I don't have a huge lower back curve and I was afraid I might because my old running coach was always telling me to "stop spilling my guts".  Great posture is not my strength. 
  • My legs are the same length (not sure why that is important but I think it probably means good things for running).
If you want to learn more about chiropractic care in pregnancy here are a few sites I found 


A couple of additional thoughts:
If you feel overly fearful of going to see a chiropractor in pregnancy it may not be worth it for you. Always do what you feel comfortable with.  For example, I hate massages but I bought into the idea that it would somehow be an amazing experience during pregnancy. I was uncomfortable, I hate ambient music and the baby moved non stop because I was lying down.

Did you see a chiropractor during pregnancy? 
Did it help with aches and pains? 


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