Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Why should pregnant women see a chiropractor? What are the benefits of seeing a chiropractor when you’re pregnant? Why should you see me? Pregnancy is a very special process for a woman and the family. Whether its your first pregnancy or a veteran chiropractic care is super beneficial for both the soon to be mom and for the baby the mom is carry for.
Helping moms to feel good during pregnancy is super important. Chiropractic care can help to minimize aches and pains throughout the duration of a woman’s pregnancy. Common aches and pains during pregnancy include back pain, neck discomfort, headaches, carpal tunnel, etc.. These are common symptoms chiropractic can help out with. The further into the pregnancy process and as the baby grows, there is more stress on the body. This is due to a hormone called relaxin, which allows the body to adapt to the growing baby. Because of this, the chances of subluxations and stress on the nervous system increases. This will lead to more aches and pains.
Another goal for pregnant moms when seeing a chiropractor is to balance out the pelvis. This will allow the mom to be more comfortable during the pregnancy period and also benefit the baby. Just above the pelvis, is the baby’s home for several months and balancing out the pelvis will optimize the baby’s development. We want to have enough room for the baby to grow and develop. An unbalanced pelvis will lead to in-uterine constraint and possible labor difficulties such as increased pain during labor or the need for medical intervention. All of which is traumatic for both the baby and mother. By seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy, it will also allow for an easier passageway for the baby. If the pelvis is in proper alignment, it will also help with the baby to exit the womb.
Optimizing nerve supply to the baby and mom is another benefit of chiropractic care. The human body is highly adaptable, super resilient and is a self healing organism. It always knows what to do. The nervous system is the master control system of the body. When there is no interference on the nervous system, the body can do what it is designed to do. In this case, allow the body adapt to external stress meaning less aches and pains. This also means the baby is getting proper nutrition for optimal development.
Seeing a chiropractor is super safe for both the mom and the baby. Make sure to see a chiropractor who is Webster certified with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Seeing a chiropractor will not fix breeched position, however balancing the pelvis will decrease the likelihood that the baby will be in a breeched position, especially if seen earlier in the pregnancy process. Meaning the earlier into the pregnancy process the better for both the mom and the baby.
Why see me? I am good at what I do. I am Webster Certified, I have pregnancy pillows to allow mom’s to be comfortable. I have a family and kid friendly office. My office is conveniently located off the freeway, easy parking, located on the ground level and can accommodate for strollers. I’ve seen lots of pregnant women during their pregnancy and many of them mentioned their pregnancy went super smooth. Labor for them was easier than expected.
Dr. Palmes is a family chiropractor in Scripps Ranch. He services Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa, Poway, Sabre Springs, Rancho Penasquitos, Miramar, Rancho Bernardo and San Diego county. He works with kids, pregnant women, men, and women be the best version of themselves so they can have a greater impact on the world.