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Prenatal Chiropractic Care

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When I was pregnant with my son, about 5 months into my pregnancy I started having the most excruciating back pain IN THE WORLD! The only way I could get the pain to subside was to lay down. And seeing as how laying down 24/7 is impossible, I was in pain a lot. The midwives office I went to referred me to a couple of chiropractors and even though I was hesitant to go being pregnant, the pain was too unbearable to not give it a try.

Miracle of miracles, after a couple of weeks of going to the chiropractor, the pain was gone. I continued going to the chiropractor for the remainder of my pregnancy. It is said that going to a chiropractor during pregnancy decreases the length of delivery. HELLO!! Sign me up for that one!

Fast forward to my second pregnancy, where everything about it was different. Including the fact that I didn't have the excruciating back pain again. I was thankful, but kept wondering if I should go to the chiropractor anyways.
Then my pregnancy got to the point where the baby should be staying in the head down position, but she wasn't. And it wasn't just that she wasn't head down at most of my visits to the midwives office, but she would flip back and forth daily. I found myself a couple of weeks away from my due date with a baby that was doing somersaults in my belly!

This time I was recommended to a specific kind of chiropractor. One that was specifically certified in something called the Webster technique. According to americanpregnancy.org, it is an "adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning."

So I went in, and he worked his chiropractic magic (on his funky little pregnancy table that adjusted for my rather round midsection). My daughter did one more flip for good measure (which he told me she would do), then stayed head down the remainder of my pregnancy. It didn't take long after she was born for her to start flipping again, though.

I know going to a chiropractor isn't for everyone, but if you are experiencing back pain due to pregnancy, or find yourself in a situation similar to my flipping baby, you should look into it more. If you are wondering if it is safe, americanpregancy.org says "There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for most chiropractors."

americanpregnancy.org also says that some of the potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include: maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling symptoms of nausea, reducing the time of labor and delivery, and relieving back, neck, and joint pain.

If you are interested in finding a chiropractor that is Webster technique certified you can search here for one in your area.

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Heather M July 6, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

Thanks for the post. My Fiancee just started going to the chiropractor. He's a disabled veteran and HAD a broken back and he feels a TON better after going. He's been sleeping better and feeling better in general. He's also lost weight.

Now that I'm 15 weeks pregnant I've considered going. We've already talked about it and we are for sure having him adjust our newborn once they're here. One adjustment can help a child for life with issues. So that's a for sure. But I've been debating going. So far I feel great, but I may consider it more so later on in the pregnancy! I appreciate this post!!

aniC July 6, 2011 at 5:09 PM  

So glad you enjoyed the post! And so glad that your fiancee is doing well!

I really do have to say that going to the chiropractor really does make me feel better...pregnant or not. And I am convinced that it really does helps with labor and delivery. I'd say give it a try a couple times, so you can see for yourself if it feels beneficial or not. I always left the chiropractors office feeling oddly refreshed and healthy while pregnant, which was a nice relief from feeling feeling tired and run down.

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