Chiropractic + Pregnancy
Contrary to popular belief, I am a wholehearted believer in pregnancy being a time of ABUNDANCE, rather than a time of lack and struggle. Whether you’re a soon to be Mama or a hopeful one-day Mama, I’m sure you’ve read all the books, dreamt of what your pregnancy and birth will be like, and also scrolled endlessly through all the “stuff” that is available and offered to you during this precious and sacred time.
Carrying and growing new life is exciting, overwhelming, exhausting, and all of the other things you want to fill in the blank: _________, __________, _________!!!
As women, how AMAZING is it that our bodies can create life, grow new life, keep us alive and functioning well at the same time, and then birth the world over and over and over again!?
OUR BODIES ARE SO INTELLIGENT. Period.
I’m sure you’ve heard all the pregnancy complaints and symptoms that can occur during pregnancy.
· Low Back Pain
· Food Aversions
· Hormone Changes
The list goes ON and ON…
But what if I told you it didn’t have to be a struggle?
Yes Mama, you can thrive, heal, and grow a healthy happy, thriving, baby at the SAME TIME!
How you may ask? CHIROPRACTIC CARE, that’s how!
Since chiropractic was founded in 1895, the care of pregnant women has been an essential part of the profession. Of course, healthy Mom and healthy baby are ALWAYS implied... BUT, what if you can have more than that!? What if you could have the birth of your dreams? By caring for and adjusting mamas before, during, and after pregnancy, there are so many opportunities beyond the healthy mama and healthy baby status quo!
As you know, chiropractic works with the nervous system! Your nervous system controls and organizes every cell, tissue, muscle, organ, and organ system in your body!
This includes your:
· Reproductive system
· Digestive system
· Production of hormones
· Immune system
· Muscular & skeletal system
All of which are VERY important when you are growing and nourishing NEW LIFE!
In order for the body to be healthy, it must be able to adapt to internal and external stressors.
Every day our body is subject to experiences that may overwhelm its ability to fully adapt and function. These stressors impact the body and may create vertebral subluxations.
Subluxations reduce the function of the body and may manifest an increased aptitude for dysfunction and dis-ease.
Often subluxations are present without pain or symptoms.
An unobstructed nerve system is essential for the body to be healthy and vital.
The brain and body function more harmoniously and adapt to stressors more successfully without subluxations.
Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations in the spine with specific adjustments.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and adjustment for pregnant women. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxations and SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.
Pregnant women who have received Webster’s Technique have experienced:
· Pelvic alignment and balance, decreasing uterine constraint
· Less round ligament pain
· Shorter labor and less back labor
· Less pubic bone dysfunction
· Decreased back & hip pain
· Improved comfort
· Improved sleep
· Reduction in pre-eclampsia, nausea & heartburn
· Reduced need for pain medications
· Decreased birth interventions
· More comfort during breastfeeding
· Greater production of breast milk
· Less incidence of postpartum disorders
· Less upper neck, lower back, & neck pain
· Aid with postpartum recovery
Are you trying to conceive, currently expecting, or wanting to conceive in the future?
Time for you to see a Webster certified Chiropractor to have a spine check-up! I don’t know about you, but I ALWAYS want to function at my best, pregnant or not!
At Love & Light Family Chiropractic we specialize in prenatal and pediatric care to ensure the best nervous system function during conception, pregnancy, birth, and beyond.
Dr. Kayla is Webster Certified and honored to care for your spine.
Not local to Spartanburg, SC? To find a Webster Certified Chiropractor near you go to: https://icpa4kids.com/find-a-pediatric-chiropractor/
Living Love & Light,
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