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Pregnancy

At first glance, most people don’t see the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.

Pregnancy and chiropractic care

Many pregnant patients often report shorter, more pleasant deliveries when they receive chiropractic care.

Pre-Conception

Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, supple, and balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy.

Pregnancy

Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to mothers who seek a natural approach to better health.

Labor and Birth

Many rely on chiropractic care to help assure optimum biomechanics of the hips and spine in the hopes of reducing the need for interventions during the birth process.

After Birth/Postpartum

Even natural births can stress mom and baby’s spine. For mom, birth is an athletic event! The body needs to heal after birth. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side.

Relax. We are here to help! We use special approaches to make our adjustments safe and comfortable for you and your child.

 

How Chiropractic Can Help Your Pregnancy


 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Will adjustments hurt my baby?
    Of course not. This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive. Not only are adjusting techniques modified for each person’s size and unique spinal problem, an infant’s spine rarely has the long-standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes the energy needed to adjust a child’s spine considerably less than an adult’s does.
  • Will adjustments make my spine too loose?
    No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
  • Pregnancy is natural. Why would I need chiropractic?
    Being born is a natural phenomenon. It’s what we’ve done to the birth process that has become increasingly suspect. In hospitals, birth is often treated like a disease. A newborn’s introduction to the world is often accompanied by a severe drop in temperature, loud noises and other insensitivities. The administration of drugs and anesthesia can have a profound effect on a newborn. Often our modern lifestyle and daily activities can interfere with natural body functions and processes. Chiropractic care may help the body overcome these stresses, especially during pregnancy.
  • Will my medical doctor approve?
    First, you don’t need anyone’s approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting your child! The judgment of another health care expert is always helpful in the decision-making process. Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health. Mothers are frequently referred to our office by their doctors because of the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy!
  • What does my spine have to do with my baby?
    Pregnancy may be one of the best times to receive chiropractic care! While it’s always good to have an optimally functioning nervous system, it’s especially helpful now. Both mother and baby can benefit. Adjusting methods are adapted to a mother’s size, weight and condition.  During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. Specific adjustments for the pelvis and sacrum may allow for better movement and positioning for mom and baby. Some report shorter and easier births.
  • I’ve heard chiropractic care can help when a baby is breech…is this true?
    If the mother’s spine and pelvis are not moving properly or misaligned, this can not only cause discomfort for the mother, but also affect the baby’s position in the uterus. Using the gentle and specific Webster technique, chiropractors can help improve joint movement which allows the baby to re-position naturally. This has a proven success rate of more than 80%!
  • What movements and exercises are safe during pregnancy?
    Pregnancy is different for each woman. Our doctors will work with you to understand which types of movement and exercise may be helpful and safe for you during pregnancy. The months leading up to birth are designed not only to allow baby to grow, but also to prepare mom for the birth process. Chiropractic care may help your body move better with less tension and pain throughout pregnancy. Following BIRTHFIT protocols, moms can safely and confidently prepare for birth and postpartum healing.

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