Pregnancy and Pediatrics
Dr. Stephanie is passionate about providing chiropractic care to pregnant moms, babies and children of all ages. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to shorter labor and safer births. Kids who are well adjusted have more vibrancy, more resiliency and radiant health. Please read on for answers to the frequently asked questions about chiropractic care for this special population.
As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.
If the movement and ease of the spinal structures is compromised in a developing fetus, a newborn, or a young child, then this can lead to altered or compromised growth and development for that child. Regular adjustments help keep the spine and nervous system growing in a way that supports optimum life expression. If there is stress or tension in the spine (as a result of life stresses), then nerve flow to the organs and tissues is compromised, and therefore chronic symptoms and health conditions can result. A sick child cannot thrive physically, socially, emotionally, or academically. Chiropractic care can prevent and correct this, and allow the child to continue to thrive as he or she grows and develops.
Why do pregnant women need chiropractic care?
A pregnant woman’s body undergoes more rapid changes during the 9 months of her pregnancy than in any other time in her life. Her body changes physically, biochemically, hormonally, and emotionally. Getting adjusted early on in the pregnancy will help the mother’s body adapt to these rapid changes. Regular adjustments throughout the pregnancy will help balance the pelvic structures, which allows the baby to get into the optimum position for in utero development and for birth. When the baby has enough room to grow in the womb and is in the best position for birth, then this can result in fewer interventions with the birth process. The amount of stress a child encounters during birth can set the tone for how that child handles stress and stimuli for their whole lifetime, so it is important to provide as gentle a birth as possible.
How do unborn babies benefit from their mother getting adjustments?
A pregnant mom’s nervous system has to function for two people. If the mom’s spine and nervous system function is compromised in any way (preexisting stress in the mom’s body gets accentuated by the stress from the pregnancy), then this could compromise the development of the fetus in the womb. When the mom’s body is well adjusted from receiving regular chiropractic adjustments, then her body is able to optimally nourish the growing fetus. Also, as mentioned above, when the mom’s pelvis is balanced and moving properly, then the baby has optimum room to grow and develop, and he or she can also get into the best position for birth. A baby who is properly positioned can be born more gently and easily than a baby who is in a compromised or breech position.
At Inspire Chiropractic, Dr. Stephanie provides an adaptable prenatal pillow that allows even a full term mom to lay face down so she can comfortably receive adjustments all the way through her pregnancy.
Why would a newborn go to a chiropractor?
The birth process is stressful. Even in an uncomplicated birth without any medical interventions, there is still a lot of force put on the head and neck while the baby is passing through the birth canal. It’s a good idea to get your newborn baby checked by a chiropractor, so that any tension in the baby’s spine can be located and freed before it has a chance to alter spinal function and cause health problems. A well adjusted baby can adapt easier to all of the stimuli that comes with living outside of the womb. Chiropractic care for newborns can help resolve fussiness, colic, nursing or latching difficulties, excessive spitting up, constipation, or sleeping difficulties, just to name a few!
Why should a new mom go to the chiropractor after the birth of her baby?
Getting adjusted after the birth of a baby can help the mom’s body recover from the birth and help the new mom adapt to motherhood. The stress of transitioning from pregnancy to motherhood is often overlooked because everyone, including the mother, tends to be focused on the baby during the neonatal period. But new moms are sleep deprived and they are using most of their life energy to care for and feed their baby. Postpartum adjustments can help ease back and neck pain or tension from nursing and help restore the integrity of the pelvic structures after the birth. New moms at Essence Chiropractic Studio are encouraged to bring their babies with them to their appointments, as our office is set up to accommodate families and children.
How does chiropractic care keep children healthy?
Children today are exposed to more stress and toxins than any other generation in the past. From multiple vaccinations to heavy backpacks to being bullied to excessive use of cell phones, our kids today are facing a lot of stress. This doesn’t even account for environmental toxins, GMO foods, etc. Stress can have a big impact on kids’ small bodies and brains because they are still growing and developing. Regular chiropractic care for kids removes stress (or stored tension) from the spine and nervous system and helps keep their bodies resilient and vibrant as they grow and mature. Kids who are well adjusted are more connected with themselves, and as a result, tend to make healthy and responsible choices. Chiropractic care has been proven to help resolve chronic childhood conditions such as ear infections, asthma, allergies, ADD/ADHD, and hyperactivity, just to name a few. Kids love getting adjusted! Before long they will be asking you when their next adjustment is!
Where can I learn more about chiropractic care for kids and pregnant women?
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association has an exhaustive research base on their website. Go to: icpa4kids.org. The IPCA also has a beautiful quarterly publication about natural health and family wellness: www.pathwaystofamilywellness.org