Chiropractic and Pregnancy
Chiropractic and Pregnancy – a perfect connection!
Awaiting arrival of your new baby will be a time of change for you and your body. Studies show that women are able to carry and deliver their babies with more comfort when receiving chiropractic care. Over the course of pregnancy, expectant mothers’ weight gain will reach somewhere between 30 and 40 pounds. The increase in weight can create spinal misalignment and/or postural distortions, which in turn affect nerves, muscles, and mobility of joints. In addition, many women experience heartburn, rib pain, pubic pain, headaches, sinus congestion and low back pain, often time because of the spinal changes that occur during pregnancy, many of which that were not there prior to becoming pregnant. Many women report relief of these symptoms while under chiropractic care.
Receiving chiropractic adjustments during your pregnancy may help ensure that the expectant mother’s pelvic bones are balanced, often times facilitating a quicker, easier delivery. In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% shorter labor times than the group not receiving chiropractic care. As the bulk weight of the baby is deposited in the mother’s abdominal area, her center of gravity shifts forward. In order to compensate, the natural curves of the spine exaggerate causing low back pain. Studies involving women receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy reported relief of back pain. Chiropractic care can provide freedom from interference of normal nerve energy, which is vital for the development of a healthy baby and mother.
During this time chiropractic adjustments can correct vertebral subluxations and relieve pressure caused by the unborn baby. These adjustments are specifically tailored to the pregnant women. Correcting vertebral subluxation ensures that both the expectant mother and her unborn child have a better opportunity to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. We believe strongly in the benefits of chiropractic care to the mother and unborn child.
Dr. Stone is certified in Pediatrics through the Academy of Family Practice and the Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics (C.A.C.C.P. certified) and is a Fellow of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (F.I.C.P.A.). She is also certified in the Webster’s Technique, a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment, primarily for pregnant women. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.
(Watch Dr. Pam’s video here that describes the Webster Technique).
If you are experiencing any low back pain, or learn that your baby is breech, posterior or transverse, please consider chiropractic care. Dr. Stone has been certified in the Webster Technique since the year 2000 and has a lot of experience working with pregnant women.
In addition, post-partum chiropractic care is a must to ensure that the mother can achieve pre-pregnant status. Correcting subluxations within the spine and pelvis are very important considerations to achieve and maintain optimal health potential. Chiropractic care for your new baby is also very important. Adjustments to newborns contain only ounces of force. This force is directed into the spine to facilitate health and remove vertebral subluxations. What better way to help prevent problems that may have arisen during the birth?
We hope that expectant mothers understand the benefits of chiropractic care to their pregnancy and will take the necessary steps to preventing unnecessary medical intervention to allow for a healthy delivery of their unborn baby. We are here to answer your questions and help allow you to experience a wonderful birth!