Chiropractic for the Pregnant Patient

More and more new parents are trusting the innate intelligence of the body. They’re looking for a professional who can partner with them, supply information, coach, encourage and use natural approaches to honor both mom and baby.

At first glance, many people do not see the connection between chiropractic care and pregnancy. However, there are several stages in which having optimal structural support and a functioning nervous system help both mom and baby.

Pre-Conception

Chiropractic care prior to conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. It prepares the body to be strong, supple and as balanced as possible to carry the pregnancy. Some couples who thought they were infertile have been helped by restoring proper nerve supply to reproductive organs.

Pregnancy

Chiropractic adjustments are safe through all stages of pregnancy and can be modified to ensure the most comfortable and effective treatment. Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy helps maintain balance, spinal and pelvic alignment, and flexibility. This is especially important as the body grows, becomes more elastic and develops to make more room for baby and reduce discomfort for mom. When the baby is able to move around and get comfortable, he or she can settle into the optimal birthing position. Many moms also report less morning sickness while under chiropractic care.

Labor and Birth

Moms who get adjusted have been shown to require less high-tech intervention during labor. When the hips and the spine maintain proper alignment and flexibility from chiropractic care, the body is better able to adjust to the movements of the baby during the birthing process. Many even report shorter and less traumatic births.

Post Delivery for Mom

It’s not uncommon to have more spine or hip pain after pregnancy and birth. As the body heals, maintaining correct alignment is crucial for the body to heal properly. This is also true as the strain of picking up and holding your newborn can trigger new injuries. Structural strength and flexibility will help reduce the risk of future injury.

Post Delivery for Baby

Even natural births can stress the baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby is unable to comfortably turn its head. Chiropractic adjustments for your newborn require much less energy and force than that of an adult. The pressure is about the same as the pressure needed to test the ripeness of a tomato.

Schedule a consultation first to ensure all of your questions are answered before beginning chiropractic care for mom or baby. As a patient, you should always be educated in your condition and the condition of your child before any care is given. This is true for all medical practices, so come prepared with questions.

Author
Circle City Chiropractic

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