Oh, Baby…Chiropractic + Pregnancy
There are many tools available to help you and your family feel supported and feel your best during your pregnancy, and chiropractic care is one that can make a positive impact throughout your entire journey!
Not only does research show chiropractic is safe for expecting mothers, it shows chiropractic can provide a number of benefits for expecting mothers, especially when the care is specialized for you and your unique needs. Dr. Laura Rehmer is fully certified in the Webster Technique for prenatal and perinatal care, which means she is specially trained to provide the best, customized care possible for pregnant women.
Receiving safe, effective adjustments throughout pregnancy reduces interference to your nervous system, which coordinates all the systems and functions in your body. Removing these interferences, or subluxations, helps create a state of balance in the pelvic muscles, ligaments and bone structures allowing for a safer and easier birth and alleviates many of the common issues listed below that women face during pregnancy to help you have the happiest, healthiest pregnancy possible!
Relieving back, neck and joint pain
As your body prepares for labor and delivery, it produces a hormone that relaxes and loosens all the ligaments and joints in your pelvic area, which can cause instability and pain. Changes in posture due to your growing belly can throw the spine out of alignment and trigger back pain. And the baby’s increasing weight can cause compression that leads to sciatica.
Chiropractors use a low-force, gentle style of adjustment to alleviate back pain without the use of painkillers, and studies published in the Journal of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies found that 85% of pregnant patients had significant improvements in pain. Regular adjustments can help correct posture and spinal curvature to keep you moving at your best.
Our overall health has greatly improved. Chronic back and leg pain have all but disappeared, and pregnancy has been a dream because of regular adjustments. Friends and family have noticed the ease of my pregnancies and deliveries and commented on our children’s disposition and health.
– C. Family
Controlling nausea and morning sickness
Nausea, or morning sickness, is a very common – and very unpopular – part of pregnancy that is caused by hormonal shifts. Realigning your spine and improving your overall nervous system function helps your hormones achieve a healthier balance to eliminate or lessen the severity of nausea and vomiting.
Reducing the time of labor and delivery
Your nerves are responsible for controlling your contractions and dilating your cervix during labor and delivery. Regular adjustments throughout your pregnancy help make sure your pelvis, spine, and hips are properly aligned and that your nerves are in optimal working function to support a faster labor and easier delivery!
Preventing a potential cesarean delivery (C-Section)
When a mother’s pelvis is out of alignment, the ligaments that connect from the pelvis to the uterus increase their tension (tone) resulting in a distortion to the uterine space. Chiropractic adjustments to the pelvis release tension to the ligaments and uterus so that the baby can move freely and assume the best possible position for birth.
I began chiropractic care while Judah was 41 weeks in utero. The midwife was concerned that his positioning would require an inversion or even a c-section! But within a few days of care, Judah was head down and we had a wonderful delivery with no complications. Since birth, Judah has been my most alert, active baby so far. – Allison S.
Maintaining a Healthy Mom AND Baby!
The goal of chiropractic care is to address and remove nerve obstructions in the spinal column that may prevent your organs and immune system from functioning at optimal levels. The stronger and healthier your immune system, the stronger and healthier your baby’s immune system will be, too!
Friends and family have noticed how healthy our family is. We are not chronically ill, we do not take medications, and I’ve had two perfectly healthy pregnancies and one (soon-to-be two) healthy child. – Izzy
Want to see if chiropractic is right for you and your growing baby?
Contact us at 515-277-0366 to schedule an appointment or a 15-minute introductory call with Dr. Laura!