Chiropractic and Pregnancy

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Congratulations on Entering This Very Exciting Time of Your Life

Chiropractors provide a gentle and comprehensive approach to supporting pregnant women, steering clear of pharmaceutical interventions. The aim is to mitigate the physical strains and tensions associated with pregnancy, promoting comfort for both mother and child. A properly aligned spine can significantly enhance the ease and comfort of pregnancy and childbirth for expectant mothers.

Ensuring proper pelvic alignment and spinal health, chiropractic care may contribute to an optimal birthing environment. A well-aligned pelvis can facilitate the baby's descent through the birth canal, potentially reducing the duration of labor and minimizing complications associated with prolonged labor.

Additionally, chiropractic care can help alleviate common pregnancy discomforts such as back pain, sciatica, and pelvic pain, which can indirectly support a smoother labor process by enhancing the mother's physical well-being and comfort.

At Oasis Chiropractic Center, we offer a range of treatment options tailored for both mother and baby, including acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy, and Chiropractic Adjustments, just to name a few.
Below, you will find a lot of information about the types of treatment methods we offer, what conditions can be helped, as well as the benefits that come from natural wellness care during pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic treatment offers a safe, gentle and drug free alternative for the relief of discomfort experienced during pregnancy and can also play a very important role in ensuring that your body and spine are functioning properly. This can result in fewer aches and pains for the mother to be and more room for the developing baby so that both mother and baby can experience less physical and emotional stresses during they very important time. Also, by reducing the stresses and strains on the joints and muscles, normal daily activities can be continued throughout the nine months and many women find that labor is easier, shorter and less painful.

2. How Can Chiropractic Help during Pregnancy?

Before you become pregnant, your chiropractor can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in your body that could contribute to pregnancy discomfort or possible neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth.

Many pregnant women have found that chiropractic adjustments provide relief from the low-back pain brought on by pregnancy. Chiropractic care is also especially attractive to those who are trying to avoid medications in treating many symptoms associated with pregnancy. Chiropractors can also offer ergonomic, nutrition, stretching and exercise advice to help a women enjoy a healthy pregnancy.

Chiropractic care can also help post- childbirth. In the eight weeks following labor and delivery, the ligaments that loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten up again. Ideally, joint problems brought on during pregnancy from improper lifting or reaching should be treated before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state-to prevent muscle tightness, headaches, joint pain ,neck and back pains, and lack of sleep. The restoration of your own health is very important for your own well being and for your ability to be present and feeling great to take care of your newborn baby.

3. Is it safe to go to a chiropractor while pregnant?

Not only is it safe to visit a chiropractor during your pregnancy, it’s also highly extremely beneficial. All chiropractors are specially trained to treat pregnant women, but not all specialize in prenatal or perinatal care. Dr. Starkman has specialized in prenatal and perinatal care for over 30 years. Getting regularly adjusted while pregnant is also a great way to relieve the added stress on your spine that comes along with the weight gain, commonly associated with pregnancy. It can also prevent sciatica, a leg pain and numbness or weakness that starts in the low back and travels down the sciatic nerve in the leg causing sciatica pain. It’s also important to maintain pelvic balance, which is often thrown off as your belly grows and your posture rapidly changes.

Besides making you feel better during pregnancy, getting regular chiropractic adjustments can also help control nausea, prevent a potential C-section and help the entire body work more effectively. In many cases it has even been linked to reducing the amount of time some mother’s spend in labor.

4. What are some Chiropractic benefits during pregnancy?

Many women seek chiropractic care to alleviate neck or back pain that can result from weight gain and changed biomechanics during pregnancy. But even if you’re not in pain, you can benefit from visiting a chiropractor. Chiropractic care during pregnancy maintains, and can even improve, balance and alignment in your spine and pelvis. This can help your baby assume her optimal birthing position and significantly reduce the risk of having a breech baby.

Regular chiropractic care can also provide a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery for both mother and baby. It stimulates the nervous system to allow proper functioning of your reproductive organs, thus supporting the needs of your baby throughout pregnancy and during the delivery process.

5. How often should I get adjusted during my pregnancy?

We suggest getting adjusted regularly as part of your new routine. This allows us to help your body adapt during this period of rapid change. Frequency of visits depends on your needs. The goal is to gently allow the body to relax and open as tension patterns melt away. Our office provides a welcoming environment that celebrates and honors the process of pregnancy.

6. Will I be comfortable during the adjustments?

Absolutely! We have special adjusting props and specialized tables for pregnancy, these tables have a midsection release ideal for pregnant women to create comfort and ease during your time here at Oasis Chiropractic. Your comfort is of utmost concern to us. As your body grows and changes, you will truly welcome your visits to our office.

7. Can chiropractic help alleviate backache due to pregnancy?

Pregnancy is an exciting time; however the changes in your body can definitely cause discomfort. Your new posture can strain the muscles of the back. Stress can also cause structures to tighten. Any of these can interfere with normal nerve conduction, resulting in pain. What’s more, the weight of the baby can sometimes press directly on nerve roots, irritating them and creating pain in any areas served by those nerves.

Back pain associated with pregnancy is common, affecting roughly half of all pregnant women. Relieving your back pain would help you enjoy this time a lot more, but naturally you don’t want to take any medications that can have a negative effect on you or your child. Luckily, Chiropractic is a safe way to relieve back pain!

Dr. Starkman understands how pregnancy affects the spine and nervous system, using safe, gentle adjustments designed specifically for use during pregnancy; he helps restore your nervous system to proper working order.



Chiropractic care may offer a non-invasive approach to potentially help with breech presentation in some cases.

Techniques such as the Webster Technique, commonly employed by chiropractors, focus on optimizing pelvic alignment and reducing tension in the surrounding muscles and ligaments.

Dr. Starkman has perfected his skills in the Webster Technique for over twenty years, consistently achieving a high success rate in repositioning babies for optimal delivery.

The Webster Technique aims to restore balance in the pelvis, which can create a more conducive environment for the baby to move into the head-down position necessary for a vaginal delivery. By addressing pelvic misalignments and tension, chiropractic adjustments may help alleviate any physical barriers that could impede the baby's ability to turn naturally.

While the Webster Technique has become increasingly popular as more women opt for natural childbirth methods, it's essential to recognize that its effectiveness can vary among individuals. Several factors can influence the results of chiropractic care for breech presentation, including:

Position of the Baby

Gestational Age

Individual Anatomy and Physiology

In some cases, chiropractic care may be combined with other techniques or interventions aimed at encouraging fetal movement, such, Moxibustion, Acupuncture and/or Prenatal Exercises. The combination of multiple therapies may enhance the likelihood of successful breech resolution. Dr. Starkman will determine what the best course of care is for you.


The number of Webster Technique sessions needed can vary depending on individual circumstances, including factors such as the baby's position, gestational age, and response to treatment. Some individuals may experience improvement after just a few sessions, while others may require more extensive care.

It's common for chiropractors to recommend a series of sessions to address pelvic misalignment gradually and allow time for the body to respond to treatment. Typically, a course of treatment may involve several sessions spaced out over several weeks.

Ultimately, the recommended number of sessions will be determined based on your specific situation and progress throughout treatment. It's essential to communicate openly with your chiropractor and follow their guidance regarding the frequency and duration of sessions to achieve the best possible outcomes.


The Webster Technique, when performed by a qualified and experienced chiropractor trained in prenatal care, is generally considered safe during pregnancy. It involves gentle adjustments aimed at restoring pelvic balance and reducing musculoskeletal tension, without the use of forceful maneuvers or invasive procedures.

Once you’ve taken the time to experience and understand the benefits of chiropractic during pregnancy, it will become evident that Chiropractic Care is an essential and important part of your prenatal care.

Chiropractic adjustments are one of the greatest gifts you can give to your baby.
What greater gift than the gift of health?”


Spinal Alignment: Pregnancy can cause changes in posture and weight distribution, leading to misalignments in the spine. Chiropractors can use gentle adjustments to realign the spine, pelvis, and other joints, which may help reduce back pain.

Pelvic Balance: Chiropractors may focus on ensuring proper pelvic alignment. Misalignment in the pelvis can contribute to back pain during pregnancy, as it affects the way weight is distributed and can put strain on the lower back.

Soft Tissue Therapy: Chiropractors may use soft tissue techniques such as massage or myofascial release to help relax tight muscles and reduce tension in the back.

Exercise and Stretching: Chiropractors can recommend specific exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles supporting the back and improve flexibility, which may help reduce back pain.

Postural Advice: Chiropractors can provide guidance on proper posture and body mechanics during pregnancy to help minimize strain on the back and prevent further discomfort.
Non-pharmacological Approach: Chiropractic care offers a drug-free approach to managing back pain during pregnancy, which can be particularly appealing to pregnant individuals concerned about the potential risks of medications to the developing fetus.