Many soon-to-be parents, familiar with the medical standard of care, treat pregnancy like a dangerous condition that requires consistent medical intervention.
Chiropractic wants to bring peace and encouragement to expectant parents with an assurance that pregnancy and birth occur as normally as eating and sleeping.
The same inborn intelligence that creates a baby will also birth that baby and keep it healthy from birth until death.
Approximately 75% of pregnant women experience one or more episodes of low back pain due to the developing fetus increasing in size – making the pelvis rock forward and forcing muscles in the low back to tighten up and the pelvic joints to become dysfunctional.
Small areas of stiffness and misalignment in the spine and pelvis produce imbalances in the central nervous system. These subluxations and vertebral misalignments create subsequent nervous system interference that interferes with a mother’s natural ability to carry, labour, and birth her baby.
Many women turn to Chiropractic care for natural care and remedies that avoid toxic chemicals harmful to the fetus.
A study published in 2012 showed that spinal adjustive care performed on pregnant women resulted in a decreased risk of meconium-stained amniotic fluid, decreased use of forceps during delivery, decreased likelihood of having a preterm baby, decreased duration of labour, decreased blood pressure, decreased fluid overload, decreased sacroiliac dysfunction, decreased low back pain, and decreased carpal tunnel symptoms.
Science and research continue to reveal the benefits achieved through regular Chiropractic care for pregnant women.
The small spinal misalignments and areas of stiffness (subluxations) negatively influence the brain and increase stress hormones throughout the body.
Reducing areas of subluxation restores brain function and lowers stress hormones.
Every pregnant woman and mother-to-be deserves the opportunity to understand and experience the benefits of Chiropractic care on their health, pregnancy, and labour.
*The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association June 2012, 112(6):343-6
“Osteopathic manipulative treatment in pregnant women.” Lavelle JM
Research compiled by Dr. Dan Sullivan D.C.