CHIROPRACTIC FOR PREGNANCY & NEWBORNS
There is likely no more an important time to have a well-functioning nervous system than before and during pregnancy. All of the amazing changes that occur in a woman’s body as she prepares to bring new life into the world are ultimately controlled by nerve function. One can only imagine the detrimental outcome of interference to the mother’s nervous system as it coordinates the infinitely complex array of biochemical changes allowing for implantation, gestation, and development of a newborn. Many women are recommended folic acid supplements during pregnancy to prevent birth defects. While this may indeed be a prudent measure, have you ever wondered how the mother’s body knows exactly how to use this nutrient in the development of the baby? How does her body know how to digest the folic acid, and transport the nutrients through the placenta and umbilical cord to the developing child? Answer: Her brain sends billions of bits of nerve information per second through her spinal cord and nerves down to every part of her body, including her digestive organs and her uterus, to coordinate the miracle of life. Clearly, care of the nervous system is paramount to healthy pregnancy.
Through gentle, precise, and scientific adjustments, Drs. Isaac and Caitlin Hernandez apply chiropractic care to improve the communication between the brain and body through the nervous system. At Pine Valley Chiropractic, we are dedicated to helping all women, whether they are trying to conceive, currently pregnant, or already have children, to improve their health and prepare their body for their next phase of life. Here are just a few of the ways we make a difference:
Chiropractic can help with fertility and improve the chances of becoming pregnant. Restoring spinal alignment and nerve system function can increase your chance of conceiving, while also preparing your body for childbirth. With an optimally performing nervous system, your menstrual and ovulation cycles stay consistent and function normally. Endocrine organs also function at their peak, therefore ideal hormonal levels are maintained as well. Ultimately, hormonal harmony is the greatest predictor of fertility, and every aspect of hormone production is controlled by the nervous system. If you are planning for this exciting chapter in life, the team at Pine Valley Chiropractic can help.
Care During Pregnancy
Health during pregnancy is essential for both mother and child. Drs. Isaac and Caitlin Hernandez assist in optimizing your nervous system function and spinal alignment. Chiropractic care during pregnancy keeps your body functioning at its peak, and creates the best environment for the developing baby. Subluxation-specific spinal adjustment also prepares you for the easiest labor and delivery possible by keeping spinal and pelvic joints moving well and in proper alignment. A healthy and safe birth experience is typically the biggest concern on the mind of expectant mothers, and principled chiropractic care can help.
Chiropractic care before and during pregnancy has also been shown to provide the following potential benefits:
Reduced labor and delivery time
Less back, neck, and joint discomfort
Less reliance on medication
Less birth complications
Lessened chance of cesarean section delivery
Less stress on the uterus and supporting ligaments (through Webster technique)
Less symptoms of pregnancy-related nausea
Reduction of intrauterine constraint, a condition in which pelvic misalignment restricts the amount of room a baby has in which to grow
Post Pregnancy Routines
After giving birth, chiropractic adjustments can help revive energy levels and correct misalignment of the spine and pelvis. The birthing process is likely the most physically demanding period in a woman’s life. Due to the prolonged physical and emotional stress she encounters, her spine and nervous system may need extra attention to heal optimally. Maintaining a chiropractic regimen during and after pregnancy has proven effective and beneficial, in both the short-term and long-term.
Chiropractic Care for Newborns
We often think about the mother’s health during birth, but the infant also goes through a physically and emotionally stressful experience during the birthing process. The very physicality of delivery, even under ideal circumstances often leads to the development of subluxation. The resulting nerve interference affects the child’s neurological development, and has the potential to interfere with growth and development, balance, coordination, immune system maturity, cross-crawl patterns, normal reflexes, latching during breast-feeding, normal gait, and beyond. Chiropractic adjustments, by gently releasing abnormal stress on the brainstem and spinal cord, can help newborns recover from the birthing process and avoid issues like acid reflux, colic, sleep problems, ear infections, breathing issues, and more.
Visit us today and see how Drs. Isaac and Caitlin Hernandez can help you in your journey through motherhood. Choose us as your Fort Wayne chiropractors, as we improve the overall health of our community.