Improve Pregnancy Delivery Outcomes with Chiropractic
Pregnancy, Children, and Chiropractic
Improve Pregnancy, Delivery Outcomes, & Chiropractic
Chiropractic care before conception promotes a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. Restoring proper nerve supply to the reproductive organs has actually helped many people who thought they were infertile. Then utilizing chiropractic throughout pregnancy, promotes a healthier pregnancy, leading towards an easier labor and delivery, along with a better transition for the baby into this world.
As a woman gains weight throughout her pregnancy, a downward, forward pull on the spine is exerted. This causes a change in gait (walking) along with the center of gravity, leading to back and neck pain. Later in pregnancy, a hormone called relaxin is secreted, which loosens ligaments. The positioning of the baby and its movement, along with the expansion of the rib cage to accommodate your growing baby, can cause discomfort in the ribs and upper part of the lower back.
Recent studies have shown that utilizing chiropractic care may result in an easier pregnancy, with increased comfort in the third trimester and delivery, as well as reduced needs for pain medications. One study showed that women utilizing chiropractic for their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labor times, with women on their 2nd and 3rd pregnancies having a 39% reduction in shorter labor times.
As your pregnancy advances, the chiropractic technique will be modified for your comfort. Specially designed pregnancy pillows, along with tables with a drop-away pelvic piece, will accommodate your growing belly. The Webster technique addresses uterine constraint or mal-presentations. The chiropractor will check for misalignment of the pelvic bones, sacrum, and vertebrae, as well as check for spasms of the ligaments that support the uterus and help hold the pelvis together.
Safety for your Infant
There are so many things to learn when becoming a new mother. One of the most important things to learn are safety facts for infants 0-3 years. One good website for safety tips for your baby is on the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) page: https://www.cdc.gov/parents/infants/safety.html
Another helpful link for articles on children is from the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association). Many research articles are provided on this website for all parents, including one article on baby carriers, which can be found here: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/baby-wearing-suggestions-for-carrying-your-baby-a-chiropractic-perspective/All-Pages.html
One last article that may be found helpful for older children and safety tips can be found here:
Please talk to your physician about any questions or concerns you may have with pregnancy or your child.
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