I was very excited to receive my fancy new pregnancy pillows a few weeks ago but quickly realized that not many people know what I’m talking about when I say "pregnancy pillows"!
Chiropractic is very effective and important for pregnant women in maintaining pelvic balance and helping the body adapt to changing biomechanical stresses. In order to treat these women, oftentimes we need them to lie facedown on the table so that we can assess and gently adjust their pelvis. At this point in time you’re probably thinking, “pregnant women can’t lay on their bellies!” and you are correct!
Chiropractors who specialize in treating pregnant women of course need to accommodate the belly. This can be accomplished in a couple of ways. One option is to have a special chiropractic table in which the middle piece where the belly would be can drop down to allow the woman to lay facedown and the belly to hang down without hitting anything as seen in the image below.
Another way to allow for this position is using pregnancy pillows. There are two different sized pillows in the set, which allows us to customize the amount of support needed to the size of the belly. For example: a woman who is 16 weeks pregnant is carrying a baby the size of an avocado and likely only needs one of the pillows in order to support her and keep her belly from touching the table. On the other hand, a woman who is 35 weeks pregnant carrying a baby the size of a honeydew melon may well need both of the pillows. The pillows are constructed of a soft and comfortable memory foam layer on top of a firmer layer of foam, which allows the pillows to maintain their shape. There is a belly-sized cutout in the middle of the pillows so the hips are supported on the sides but the belly is free to hang in the cutout without hitting the table. These pillows allow us to care for pregnant women while keeping things comfortable and safe for both mom and baby.
Click here to learn more about chiropractic care during pregnancy.