Most of our patients are surprised to learn about the connection that chiropractic care shares with pregnancy. Pregnancy involves four distinct stages during which a well-functioning nervous system will greatly benefit both the unborn child as well as the mother.
Chiropractic treatments can lead to births which are less painful or difficult, as has been reported by many pregnant patients.
Before pregnancy occurs, chiropractic treatment can aid the body in being ready for what’s to come by ensuring that it is as strong and balanced as it can possibly be. In addition to providing you with useful advice, your chiropractic appointments will also result in the positive enhancement of both your hormonal levels as well as your immune system. Many women have sought out chiropractic treatments before becoming pregnant in order to optimize their health and the health of their future children. Your doctor will be well prepared to help prepare you for each of the bodily stages of pregnancy, all of which are determined by your nervous system. When it is functioning at its best, you’ll almost certainly have an easier time.
For many patients, fertility problems are actually the direct result of nervous system issues—which can be addressed through chiropractic care. Nutrition and stress also play a part, and a qualified medical professional like the ones at our practice can help guide you through all of it. Chiropractors specialize in optimizing the nervous system and its functionality and can counsel you about the best ways to keep everything in good working order before you become pregnant.
Keep in mind that chiropractic treatment can almost always be utilized alongside other solutions to infertility. Working in tandem with your other approaches can improve the likelihood of success with other approaches, including medical ones like IVF.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
The benefits of regular chiropractic appointments after you’ve become pregnant can be an excellent option if the idea of a “natural” health approach appeals to you. These kinds of treatments will provide you with many benefits, often including:
- Easier maintenance of your pregnancy
- Reduced pregnancy symptoms such as nausea
- A reduced amount of time spent in labor
- Lessening the common joint pains associated with pregnancy
- Potentially preventing the necessity of a cesarean (“C-section”) birth
The Birthing Process
Many patients have come to rely on chiropractic adjustments to increase the functioning of their bodies, particularly for the hips and back. This will often result in a lessened need of pregnancy interventions. In fact, the founder of the ICPA—that’s the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, an entire organization dedicated to exploring the benefits of chiropractic treatment before, during, and after pregnancy—is responsible for putting together and effective treatment plan which was specifically designed for pregnant women. This approach is called the Webster Technique, named after Larry Webster.
In many cases, an unborn infant may be positioned in the “breech” position until the final trimester. In most cases, this isn’t a concern until the 37th week of pregnancy, but a large four percent of all pregnancies on record will be a “breech birth.”
At this time, the ICPA suggests that mothers undergo chiropractic treatment throughout their entire pregnancy, including before it. This can help to promote balance in the pelvis and back areas of the body, which will help the baby by providing them with more room, since the body will become more flexible. A pelvis which has been properly balanced results in unborn infants shifting into the proper position for birth—thus reducing the likelihood of breech births and the issues which may occur as a result of them. This makes the labor substantially easier, safer, and less painful for the mother.
The Webster Technique aims to reduce the amount of pressure or stress on a woman’s pelvic area during pregnancy. It will also reduce pressure and stress on the uterus and the surrounding anatomy. This can assist in allowing the unborn infant to turn within the womb naturally to the proper birthing position (the “vertex” position as it is called). The Webster Technique has resulted in a rather impressive 82% rate of success for babies shifting to this position after the mother had received chiropractic care. The Webster Technique is something that you can discuss with your therapist and find out if it will be beneficial for both you and your child. read more»
An infant experiences some degree of stress on the spine during even the most successful births. If the infant has a subluxation, this can result in a number of problems, including during breastfeeding since the child will have more difficulty turning its head.
Special techniques are used for women who have recently given birth in order to provide treatment which is both comfortable as well as safe. Chiropractic professionals understand which parts of the back require attention for both mothers and newborn babies, who often benefit dramatically from chiropractic adjustments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will chiropractic adjustments harm my child?No. Chiropractors are medical professionals who understand the fact that an infant’s anatomy is much different from that of an adult. This is generally the cause for concern by parents—they mistakenly believe that the treatment a child or baby will receive is the same as they would as an adult. It is considerably more gentle.
Is it possible that chiropractic adjustment can make my spine “too” loose?No, because during your appointment, the therapist will only be adjusting the areas of the spine that require treatment.
Why is chiropractic treatment during pregnancy beneficial?Chiropractic treatment can vastly improve the health and bodily readiness of a mother, which will of course benefit the unborn child. Techniques such as the Webster Technique will prepare the body for the strain and stress to come and make it as smooth of a process as possible.
Will my doctor agree that chiropractic treatments are beneficial during pregnancy?
Most likely, yes. It is widely believed that chiropractic adjustments before, during, and after pregnancy can have a dramatically positive impact on both the mother and the child. While it is always perfectly fine and a wise decision to receive as many opinions concerning your health as possible before, during, and after pregnancy, chiropractic treatments are almost certainly going to be approved and viewed as beneficial.
What does a massage like this feel like?
Massage therapy is different than the “back rubs” you may have exchanged with other people in your life. These kinds of appointments will generally begin gently to allow your muscles time to adjust, and then will become progressively more forceful—but never “intense” or too far beyond your comfort level. More or less pressure can always be requested at your discretion.
What does my spine have to do with my baby?
Your spine has a profound impact on the overall functioning of your nervous system. Pregnancy is one of the best times of your life that you can begin exploring all of the many benefits of chiropractic care, since it will be especially helpful during this period.