What should I know about pregnancy and labour?

There are few things in life that put more stress on your body than pregnancy. Your body must adapt to posture and weight changes with each passing month and commonly the uncomfortable result is lower back pain.

Many women have come to accept that back pain accompanies pregnancy and menstrual cycles. But it shouldn't have to. Your body was made to compensate and adapt naturally to pregnancy and if you are experiencing aches and pains, something else is wrong and needs to be addressed. Not just for you, but for your developing and growing child as well.

Pregnancy - a woman's body experiences a period of rapid changes (shape, hormonal and loose ligaments). As a result, the body becomes stressed. Many women develop upper back pain, lower back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors have special tables which expand to allow pregnant women to lie on their stomach. The special tables in conjunction with specific methods geared to the pregnant woman, will allow safe and proper chiropractic treatment up to labour. In a study by JM Daly, 91% of pregnant women studied reported pain relief as a result of regular chiropractic care while pregnant. Through regular chiropractic care, women can benefit from proper nervous and body system function so important to fetus development. Specific chiropractic adjustments are now shown to be preventative measure and treatment for toxemia.

Labour - A 1977 Harvard Medical School study discovered association between use of epidurals to relieve pain and maternal fever during labour and/or sepsis (an infection) in newborns, requiring antibiotics. Is having your newborn subjected to antibiotics when their immune system is still fragile a good idea? Finding a way to decrease discomfort experienced at childbirth thereby decreasing utilization of epidurals can be not only healthier for the mother, but healthier for her child.

Multiparous women (pregnant 3 or more times) -Were shown to have a 39% shorter labour time to those receiving chiropractic care in a study by J Fallon in 1991. Other studies show that standing or squatting during delivery provides the fewest problems for both mother and baby (including few forceps delivery). Many women under regular chiropractic care, visit their doctor on their way to the birthing center or hospital for a chiropractic treatment.

Symptoms of Pregnancy and Labour

  • Strong Contractions.
  • Lower Back Pain.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Nausea.
  • Vagina Releasing Blood.
  • Absence of Periods.
  • Enlarged Breasts.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Swelling.

Causes of Pregnancy and Labour

  • Sexual Intercourse.
  • Water Breaking.
  • Low Oxygen Levels for The Baby.
  • Infections in the Womb.
  • The Baby Having an Abnormal Heart Rate.

Treatment of Pregnancy and Labour

  • Seeking Professional Medical Care.
  • Physiotherapy to Strengthen Muscles.
  • Acupuncture to Relieve Any Pains in the Body and for Relaxation.
  • Massage Therapy to Relieve Any Pains in the Body and for Relaxation.
  • Chiropractic Care to Correct Posture.

Preventing Pregnancy and Labour

Some preventative measures include:

  • Using a Condom When Having Sexual Intercourse.
  • Abstinence.
  • Hysterectomy.
  • Birth Control Pills (consult a doctor).
  • Male Sterilization (consult a doctor).


If you would feel pain during pregnancy, or want to strengthen your body in preparation for pregnancy and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.