Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic During Pregnancy

The Proactive Approach to Pregnancy

At first glance, most people don’t see the connection between chiropractic care and pregnancy. However, there are four stages in which having an optimally working nervous system and structural support help both mother and child.

Mothers can relax knowing we use light tough to make our adjustments safe, comfortable and effective. An infant’s spine rarely has the long standing muscle tightness seen in adults. This makes the energy needed to adjust a child’s spine considerably less than needed to adjust you. This is a common concern among parents who mistakenly think their child will receive adjustments like the ones they receive.


Prior to conception, chiropractic care can promote a more regular menstrual cycle and optimal uterine function. Chiropractic prepares the body to be strong, supple, and balanced to carry the pregnancy. Many couples who thought they were infertile have been helped by restoring proper nerve supply to thier reproductive organs.


Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy helps maintain balance, alignment, and flexibility. When the growing baby is comfortable, it can assume the optimal birthing position.

Labor and Birth

Mothers who get adjusted seem to require less high-tech intervention. Most report shorter, less traumatic births. With proper nerve supply, well timed contractions help move the baby more easily through the birth canal.

Post Delivery

Even natural births place stress on the baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems arise when the baby is unable to comfortably turn its head. Have a chiropractic checkup for your newborn as soon as possible.

Why is Chiropractic Necessary?

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.

The act of birth is both a joyous and traumatic event. Few people realize how traumatic birthing can be on an infant’s spinal cord. Even under the best of physicians care, a baby’s nervous system can incur damage while traveling through the birth canal. Often, this damage manifests itself in the form of mild “subluxations,” or misalignments of the tiny vertebrae.

Some experts believe subluxations are ripe for occurrence during the birthing process because of the position the mother is in while giving birth, as well as the manner in which the newborn is sometime “pulled” by the head and neck from the birth canal.

Subluxations are generally not life threatening, and many of us go through life with a mild subluxation. Left untreated, subluxations in later adolescent and adult life can cause a variety of problems, including pain, soreness, irregularity, and weakness. Subluxations also can contribute to a whole host of maladies, such as immune system disorders, learning disabilities, headaches, visual and hearing problems.

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