Chiropractic for Pregnancy
“Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy removes interference to the mother’s nervous system, enhancing baby development and uterine function. It balances her pelvis, eliminating undue tension to muscles and ligaments and enhancing optimal fetal positioning.”
-Jeanne Ohm, DC
Chiropractic takes a full body approach dealing with the spine, pelvis and nervous system. During pregnancy a woman’s body experiences changes structurally, chemically and emotionally. Prenatal Chiropractic care during this time provides the benefits of increased comfort, as well as preparing the body for an easier and safer labor and delivery.
During pregnancy, the body undergoes constant changes. These changes affect posture by changing the woman’s center of gravity, the increasing weight of the growing baby places stress on the mother’s pelvis and supporting ligaments. The joints and ligaments are also being affected by increased hormones which relax the stabilizing ligaments. The changes are vital for growth and arrival of baby but can also interfere with other areas of life.
Nowadays, pregnancy is viewed as medically as opposed to naturally. The truth is, your physiology is incredible just the way it is. Prenatal Chiropractic care supports your body’s natural functions and helps you achieve a safer, more comfortable birth.
What Does a Prenatal Chiropractor Do?
A chiropractic adjustment does not treat any pregnancy-related conditions. Rather, it works with your body’s natural functions by aligning your spine and pelvis. Your muscles, uterus, and pelvic alignment rely on clear communication between your brain and body through the nerve system. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is a gentle, non-invasive approach to correcting and stabilizing the spine and pelvis. This approach also includes Webster technique; which is a specific protocol utilized for pregnant women to provide balance to the pelvis and supporting ligaments.
After baby arrives, chiropractic care is just as important to help the body recover and adapt to the changes that have occurred secondary to birth. Most of our moms also get baby checked to determine if chiropractic can help with development and challenges like breastfeeding, digestion, comfort, sleep and immune function.
Prenatal Chiropractic Benefits
Many women that receive regular chiropractic care during their pregnancy notice a multitude of benefits and positive changes during pregnancy as well as post-partum. A few of the changes they notice include…
Optimizing fetal position
Improved pelvic floor stretching
Decreased labor time
“Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.”
There are also things that we call secondary conditions that benefit from chiropractic care. These are many of the musculoskeletal complaints and digestive complaints as well as difficulty during labor. The secondary conditions that benefit from care include…
Pubic symphysis dysfunction
Many of the common symptoms during pregnancy, especially neck pain, back pain, headaches and heartburn, are related to the stress on your nervous system…chiropractic is an excellent way to restore function and reduce pain and discomfort.
I started going to Dr. Casey when pregnant with my second and I honestly don’t know how I would have survived the last trimester without her. Our whole family has been getting regular adjustments since! She is great with kids, very personable as well as knowledgeable. Not just in chiropractic but also nutrition. She has been a great and dependable resource as our primary care doctor. We love her!
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