Did you know that there is a connection between chiropractic care and pregnancy? There are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child.
Chiropractic care prepares the body to be as strong, balanced and ready as possible to carry the pregnancy full term.
Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy appeals to many mothers who seek to approach better health. Many changes occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy including:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
Changes like this are normal, but can cause alterations in spinal alignment and nerve function. When nerve function is altered, the organs and tissues that the nerves go to are also altered. Low back pain is a possible sign of nerve interference in the nerves leading to the abdomen, uterus and pelvic muscles.
Labor and Delivery
If you were to try to put a circle through an oval you would undoubtedly have trouble doing so, just as a baby’s head would have increased difficulty fitting through an altered pelvis. Chiropractic allows proper spinal and pelvis alignment in order to improve your labor and delivery experience.
Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. That’s normal. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side. Relax, and come see us. We use a special approach to make our adjustments safe and comfortable.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What About Sciatica?
Sciatica is pain that commonly starts in the lower back or buttock. The pain spreads or sends shooting-like pains down the buttock and leg with movement, or even when standing still. Sometimes you may experience a decrease in muscle function, or numbness and tingling. All of this is commonly due to irritation of the sciatic nerve. If you’re a mother or mother-to-be, you know how aggravating this can be, and we understand that. We know you need to get back to being able to focus on what’s important – your family. Eliminating sciatic pain will give you the ability to put that SuperMom cape back on and do what you do best!
Chiropractic Helps With Heart Burn?
Ok, here’s the deal. Chiropractic treats the spine with the intent to optimize the body’s ability to function normally and optimally. Heartburn is commonly abnormal regulation of the acids for digestion. It is common during pregnancy, but you should know that just because heartburn is common doesn’t mean it is normal. If you’ve spent those sleepless nights, tossing and turning, popping Tums, feeling restless, we understand that you need something that works. Most who visit our office are wanting to avoid the use of medications. If that’s you, feel free to give us a call when you’re ready to experience the difference.
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. Some report shorter and easier births.
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.
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.
Will my OBGYN agree that chiropractic is necessary?
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.