“[Dr Holst’s] treatments were extremely beneficial during my pregnancy. She helped reduce my pack pain as well as prepare the womb for the baby to turn head down. I wish I knew about chiropractic pregnancy services for my first pregnancy.”
In many parts of the world, seeing a chiropractor before, during and after a pregnancy is very common. However, here in Hong Kong, most women aren’t aware of these significant benefits chiropractic care can provide them and their baby:
1. Reduce Labour Time
Did you know that regular chiropractic treatment of the spine and pelvis can contribute to a more straightforward labour, with less pain and trauma for mother and child?
Research shows a significant reduction in labour time for those women who receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy—first-time mums up to 24% while experienced mothers up to 39% reduction in labor time.1
2. Helps Prevent Breech Presentation
Chiropractic treatment during pregnancy ensures your pelvis is sitting correctly and allows optimum room for your baby to grow and move, which can help prevent breech presentation (baby is positioned with bottom down—happens in 3-5% of pregnancies).
3. Improved or Eliminated Pain
Research suggests that 50-70% of pregnant women will experience back pain during their pregnancy. It’s not uncommon for women to just learn to accept these pregnancy discomforts, but you don’t have to!
Due to the many changes happening in your body during pregnancy, such as altered hormonal balance and different weight distribution, it’s very common to experience pain in the lower back and pelvic area.
I help women every day to relieve this pain in my practice. To ensure your comfort and safety, I use very gentle techniques to restore the alignment of the spine.
4. Function At An Optimal Level
With a healthy spine and nervous system, you function so much better and you feel more comfortable!
When you decrease your body’s stress through chiropractic treatment you’re comfortable and so is your baby!
5. Helps To Control Nausea and Acid Reflux
Your nervous system is extremely powerful and controls every aspect of your body. Your brain sends messages through your nerves to tell your body how to function.
A blockage in your nervous system can cause dysfunction which creates symptoms such as pain (as previously mentioned) and even nausea and acid reflux2, which are common occurrences during pregnancy.
Regular chiropractic treatment can help to keep your nervous system healthy, which relates to how your body responds to pregnancy.
6. Improves Quality of Life
Chiropractic treatment supports “first-class” nerve communication throughout the body, which promotes health and wellbeing. It also helps to increase the functioning of your immune system, so you’ll experience less cold and flu symptoms. Plus, it also strengthens your biological age and maximises your genetic capacity.3
7. Improves Sleep
Sleep quality and sleep quantity are important aspects of your prenatal care. Having regular chiropractic treatments throughout your pregnancy can help to improve the quality and quantity of your sleep by reducing insomnia, restless leg syndrome and sleep apnea which are common conditions in pregnant women.
8. Promotes Self-Healing
Chiropractic treatment also helps to promote self-healing within your body. If you have a block in your nervous system you’re not functioning at your optimal level and can’t self-heal.
9. Enhanced Energy Levels
Who doesn’t want to feel more energetic? Especially when you’re experiencing the ups and downs of pregnancy!
One of the most common causes of low energy is a misaligned spinal column. When your spine is not aligned it throws your entire body out, including your posture, because your body weight is distributed unevenly. This means your body has to work extra hard to keep your body upright, making you feel tired.
Also, energy flows through your nervous system and if your spine is not aligned it causes a blockage in this flow. That’s why even if you sleep all day and night you still feel fatigued and drained as your misaligned spine is causing ‘kinks’ in your nerves, which interferes with your energy flow.
10. Improved Flexibility and Posture
By having your spine and nervous system treated throughout pregnancy you will enjoy improved flexibility and maintain better posture as your treatment will ensure your spine is free of any subluxations.
You Don't Need to Be In Pain to See a Chiropractor!
Most of my clients come to see me even before getting pregnant in order to prepare their body and loosen up any tension in the area of the spine that relates to the reproductive organs.
In this 100-mile-an-hour lifestyle that we all tend to live in, most people find it hard to prioritise their health and as a result wait until they are in pain to seek out help. It’s important to remember that symptoms are just a way that your body communicates that something needs your attention.
The message could be ‘take it easy, delegate your responsibility, get more sleep, exercise more, drink less coffee…’ Whatever it is, you need to listen to this signal otherwise your body will just give you a bigger hint next time until you are forced to listen and maybe end up in severe pain.
About Dr. Kamilla Holst
Kamilla is an experienced Chiropractor who treats adults, children, and infants. In additional to treating musculoskeletal symptoms and sport injuries, she specialises in providing holistic treatments to pregnant women and their newborn babies. Kamilla specifically helps women by reducing labour time, alleviating aches and pains and providing a supportive space to discuss fears and concerns around pregnancy and motherhood.
1) Fallon J DC. Chiropractic and Pregnancy. New York: New Rochelle; 1998; 103-120
3) Campbell. Kent C. Pero. et al. Surrogate Indication of DNA Repair in Serum After Long Term Chiropractic Intervention–A Retrospective Study. JVSR. 2005:1-5.