How Pregnancy Chiropractic Care Can Benefit You and Your Baby

How Pregnancy Chiropractic Care Can Benefit You and Your Baby

Why do Pregnant Women Find Regular Proper and Gentle Chiropractic Care so Vital to Their Birthing Experience?

According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, research has demonstrated that receiving Chiropractic care regularly throughout one’s pregnancy may relieve many common discomforts that are typically experienced during this time. Additionally, if the baby’s position is even slightly off during birth, labor will be slowed and a higher rate of pain and distress can be experienced by both the mother and the baby.

The reason why Chiropractic care works so well to reduce pain and discomfort is because it “prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth experience by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscle and ligaments.”

Therefore, Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth.

Some Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care Specific to the Pregnant Mother:

Prenatal Chiropractic focuses specifically on your pelvis throughout the pregnancy, restoring a state of balance that typically leads to an easier, quicker, and safer delivery.

It also removes torsion of the ligaments that support the uterus, which reduces abnormal tension to the woman’s uterus.

Other benefits to maternity Chiropractic care include: Reduced nervous system stress which improves the body’s ability to function naturally, and any preexisting but unnoticed imbalances in the spine and pelvis can be corrected, thereby reducing the chance for additional stress that typically occurs during pregnancy.

Some Potential Benefits to the Child are:

• Reduced stress to the mother’s nervous system can contribute to healthier baby development. • Pelvic balance allows greater room for the baby to develop, without restrictions to its still-forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures. • Chiropractic care is a great supports to natural, non-invasive birthing procedures.

The developing baby grows rapidly, and the mother’s uterus enlarges to accommodate these changes. A balanced pelvis allows the ligaments connected to the uterus to maintain an equalized, supportive suspension. An out of balance pelvis, may cause these ligaments to become torqued and twisted, creating an uneven pull on the uterus. This uterine tension may restrict the baby’s movements, and any compromised position for the baby may affect his or her development. It also may cause the mother additional discomfort.

Why do Pregnant Women Find Regular Proper and Gentle Chiropractic Care so Vital to Their Birthing Experience?

According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, research has demonstrated that receiving Chiropractic care regularly throughout one’s pregnancy may relieve many common discomforts that are typically experienced during this time. Additionally, if the baby’s position is even slightly off during birth, labor will be slowed and a higher rate of pain and distress can be experienced by both the mother and the baby.

The reason why Chiropractic care works so well to reduce pain and discomfort is because it “prepares the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth experience by creating a state of balance in pelvic bony structures, muscle and ligaments.”

Therefore, Chiropractic care in pregnancy is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth.

How Does This Work?

Even if the baby is in the head down position, his or her head may often be slightly tilted to the side or presented in the posterior position, creating greater tension in utero. Gentle Chiropractic adjustments will help Baby to lie in the proper position, which increases the chance of a faster labor, and decreases the pain and distress that can be experienced by both the mother and the baby.

*Many of these facts and figures were obtained with permission from the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) where Dr. Gilbert has done extensive coursework with pediatric and maternal pregnancy Chiropractic techniques. Dr. Gilbert is certified in the Webster Technique which can help to establish balance in a pregnant woman’s pelvis and may reduce stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments.

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