Scientific studies have found that spinal manipulation during pregnancy carries no increased risk to the mother or baby. About half of all expectant mothers will develop lower back pain some time during their pregnancy. With the average weight gain of 25 to 30 lbs, a new mom-to-be will find her center of gravity shifting and causing additional stress on her lower back.
Many women have found relief for their lower back pain and have had easier deliveries by receiving chiropractic care, including targeted exercises, throughout their pregnancy. Chiropractic care is also helpful after delivery as the body starts to tighten up loose ligaments that stretched during pregnancy. It is important to make sure joints are aligned before muscles return back to their pre-pregnancy state.