Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Supporting Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Birth

What is chiropractic?

Why is chiropractic care important during my pregnancy?

Throughout the course of your pregnancy, there will be many physiological and hormonal changes as your body prepares for the birth of your baby:
Chiropractic can help you better manage these changes as your pregnancy progresses.

What are the benefits of chiropractic prior to pregnancy?

What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?


In a hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during they pregnancy, there was a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery.
" Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort"
- Irvin Hederson, MD


Is chiropractic safe for pregnant women?

  • Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free discipline meaning that the risks associated with it are very low. Adverse events are very rare and your chiropractor will assess your individually for any risk before commencing care.
  • In general, there are no increased risks or side effects with chiropractic for pregnant women.
  • Your prenatal chiropractor may use special techniques or table modifications to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.

Are all chiropractors trained to work with pregnant women?

  • Yes! Chiropractors are all adequately trained to handle the needs of pregnancy; however some chiropractors have a special interest in serving pregnant women and have taken additional training.
  • Chiropractors with the designation CACCP, DACCP or Webster Certification have taken additional training and achieved certification through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA).

Can chiropractic help turn a breech baby?

  • Larry Webster, founder of the ICPA, developed a specific technique known as the "Webster Technique" which has been shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning during pregnancy.
  • A research study in 2002 showed a reported 92% success rate of babies turning to a vertex position following use of the Webster Technique by a chiropractor. The study also suggests that the Webster Technique may be beneficial to use in the 8th month of pregnancy when breech presentation is unlikely to spontaneously change and when external cephalic version technique is not effective.
  • The ICPA recommends that pregnant women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to achieve pelvic balance, giving babies a better chance of moving into a correct position for birth and avoiding potential posterior or breech positions. Optimal baby position at the time of birth also results in an easier labor and this safer delivery for both mother and baby.



Dr. Joan Fallon's study shows chiropractic care to significantly reduce labor time
for women who had care throughout their pregnancy.