Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Guest Post: Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care

Yay... You're Pregnant! This is an amazing time in your life, one that will never be experienced again because each pregnancy is different, be excited. You have, or are working on creating an amazing supporting team for this adventure, and along with your OG/BYN and/or Midwife, Chiropractic Care is essential.

A large percent of pregnant women experience back discomfort or pain during pregnancy due to previously unnoticed imbalances of the spine and pelvis that are accentuated during pregnancy. During this time women undergo many structural and hormonal changes that affect the spine, nerves, joints, ligaments, connective tissues, center of gravity and stability. Specific, GENTLE adjustments elimintate the stresses in your spine and pelvis restoring balance and resulting in greater comfort, health, and vitality.

Chiropractic care is a drugless alternative to pain management. Since nearly all drugs and medications can cause fetal damage or malformations it is important for pregnant women to avoid them as much as possible.

Along with pain management, optimum nerve function is extremely important for mom and baby during pregnancy. Just as mom needs to pay closer attention to good and nutritious foods in order to grow and nurture her new baby, she needs to pay closer attention to the functioning of her nervous system. All life functions come from the nervous system, if the spinal cord is cut, there is no life. Chiropractic care removes all nerve interference from misalignments of the spine and allows life to flow freely... Baby needs 100% of moms life to be flowing freely in order to create 100% of life flow to the baby.

Baby's Position:
Prenatal chiropractic techniques release stress on the pelvis and uterus, helping the unborn child to turn and position itself properly for a healthy birth presentation. If a woman's uterus is constrained as birth approaches, the baby can be prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often times constraint to the uterus affects the babys head from moving to the ideal position for delivery. Any baby position even slightly off during labor can slow down labor, and add pain to both mother and baby.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Is chiropractic safe during pregnancy?
Of course! A safe alternative to drugs is wonderful for both mother and baby.

2. Is there a time in pregnancy when chiropractic adjustments should stop?
No! Some women even receive chiropractic care during labor to aid in reducing pain with delivery.

3. Should I see a chiropactor only if I have a painful pregnancy?
No! Regular spinal check ups should be as common as weigh ins. Remember that your body is changing i nmany ways and can place a great deal of stress on your spine and nervous system. So rather than wait for problems to arise, prevent them by frequent visits to your chiropractor.

4. What about after pregnancy?
Spinal care can help the postpartum woman return to pre-pregnancy fitness by balancing her spinal column, realigning her pelvic bones and removing vertebral subluxations.

If you have any questions please call me anytime,

Dr. Ashley Waggoner

Ashley Chiropractic


3006 S Rural Rd

Tempe 85282

1 comment:

  1. I visited the Chiro frequentl;y toward the end, both to relieve pain and try to induce labor. Cooincidentally, my Chiro Dr.Dickerson, delivered some of his kids at BWHC birthing center!