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Can I Be Adjusted During Labor? Chiropractic Questions about Pregnancy

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Can I Be Adjusted During Labor? Chiropractic Questions about Pregnancy

How Will Chiropractic Help My Pregnancy?

A chiropractic adjustment gently moves the vertebrae and other bones that have been subluxated, or slipped from their best position. Adjusting a pregnant woman optimizes her pelvis; by that we mean that it creates space and the proper alignment in the pelvis so baby has enough room to come out naturally. 

This proper alignment can lower birth time and help with discomfort from round ligament and sciatica. Even if this is your first pregnancy, you have undoubtedly heard about morning sickness and fatigue; chiropractic works with your body to relieve those, balancing hormonal issues and keeping your energy up. It is a great way to keep mom healthy, which in turn helps her to nourish and deliver a healthy baby. 

Is Chiropractic Safe for Me and My Baby?

Yes, it is both safe and effective. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) shares the large amount of research and many studies that have been done proving this. Dr. Katie is certified in the Webster technique through the ICPA (learn more about it here.). Chiropractic is so safe that chiropractors pay much lower malpractice rates than any other specialty of doctor in the USA.   

How Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Change During Pregnancy?

Many hormonal changes occur in a pregnant woman, notably an increase in one called Relaxin. This is why her hips and pelvis can feel much looser as she walks or exercises, and it helps her pelvis open during birth. 

Because of Relaxin, her body will both subluxate and adjust more easily. She may not hold an adjustment as well as she did before and need to be seen more frequently. Dr. Katie takes all of  this into account and is even more gentle with pregnant bodies, knowing they will adjust more easily.  

Dr. Katie also uses specific techniques during pregnancy, such as the Webster Technique. She uses it to analyze and adjust the sacrum and pelvis. This is vital as women have a specific set of pelvic muscles and ligaments that should be treated with special care and respect. 

How Often Should I Be Adjusted During Pregnancy?

Dr. Katie carefully exams each woman and evaluates her history for an individualized care plan. On average, she adjusts pregnant women once or twice per week for the first two trimesters. With the added weight and size of an older baby in the third trimester, some women may need to increase their adjustments.

Can I Be Adjusted During Labor?

An adjustment during labor can be beneficial when progress is stalled, as it helps to put the mother back into a peaceful parasympathetic state, also known as rest and digest, or ease and peace.

A mother who is stressed in any way during labor, is in the sympathetic state, called fight or flight. An adjustment helps bring balance to her system, encouraging her to navigate her birth or pain naturally. Chiropractic helps to open her body’s communication and make space in the pelvis as baby is descending. 

If you are interested in finding out more about natural birth methods, visit the Best Start Birth Center in San Diego. You may also be interested in Ina Mae Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery; watch her incredible TED talk here.


  • Dr. Katie is amazing! I’ve had pelvic pain issues for years and whenever I see her consistently my pain is so much better or totally nonexistent. She has such a great energy and is genuinely cares about every person who walks through her door. I’m always uplifted after going for an adjustment!

    - Kelsey G.
  • Dr. Katie Valadez is an amazing chiropractor and she is genuinely invested in the overall health of her patients. She is very passionate about what she does and her energy and warmth makes me look forward to coming in to get adjusted. Dr. Katie is adaptable and adjusts to peoples different levels of treatment comfort. She goes above and beyond just adjusting; she also provides guidance for patients who are interested in a holistic approach to health.

    - Alli P. Show More
  • Where do I start. I was searching for a new Dr. for sometime. I just hadn't met the right one. The minute I met Dr. Katie I knew. She is very passionate about her work and it shows. From the beginning stages to till now she has gone above and beyond to make sure MY needs are met. I highly recommend Dr. Katie!

    - Randy F. Show More
  • Dr. Katie is a gem! She is an amazing healer and cares deeply for her clients well being. I bring my whole family and we have all seen significant benefit in our health from reduction in headaches, colds and anxiety. That would be enough to keep coming back, but we also love being around her contagious kids even like going so that's the real proof! Thanks Dr. Katie

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