Prenatal Chiropractic Care
River City Chiropractic specializes in taking care of expectant mothers’ health. Dr. Charlie has attended all the postgraduate prenatal and pediatric seminars the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) has to offer. She is Webster Certified, a certification program in prenatal adjusting. If you are not already under chiropractic care, it is recommended to you start immediately when you find out you’re expecting.
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Chiropractic adjustments are an extremely safe and natural way of helping a woman adapt to the many changes her body will undergo throughout her pregnancy by reducing nerve interference. Getting regularly adjusted while pregnant is also a great way to relieve the added stress on your spine that comes along with the weight gain. It can also prevent sciatica, the inflammation of the sciatic nerve that runs from your lower back down through your legs and to your feet. It’s very important to maintain pelvic balance, which is oftentimes thrown off as your belly grows and your posture changes.
Besides making you feel better during pregnancy, getting regular Chiropractic adjustments can also help control nausea, prevent a potential C-section, and has even been linked to reducing the amount of time some women spend in labor.
How Do Pelvic Adjustments Help?
The theoretical and clinical framework of the care of pregnant women is that pelvic subluxation (misalignments of the sacrum and ilium) and improper function of associated muscles, may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e. dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, baby mal-presentation and maternal emotions. The correction of pelvic subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.
When there was an imbalance of the sacrum (bone that lies at pelvic center), it affects the ligaments and muscles that suspended the uterus. As the baby grows and develops, this misalignment of the pelvis and uterus can affect the child in the final trimester (positioning, head shape) and it will also change how the uterus contracts during labor making delivery more difficult. The techniques that I use are specifically designed to align the bones, ligaments and muscles of the pelvis helping the whole experience become less stressful.