Good beginnings make a positive difference in the world, so it is worth our while to provide the best possible care for mothers and babies throughout this extraordinarily influential part of life.
Ina May Gaskin

Pregnancy Care

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If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or post-partum, chiropractic care is a safe and natural way to help you maintain your health and the health of your unborn child.

In just 9 months, a pregnant woman carries and provides for the creation of a new life. The most complex system on this planet is formed without help from the outside world. It happens effortlessly with support and connection from the womb of a mother. Consistently changing from the moment of conception, a woman's body can be supported by gentle chiropractic adjustments to better integrate the experience of this magnificent process.

Discovering you’re pregnant is one of the most exciting moments in a woman’s life. It is likely you’ve become curious about your baby’s development and learned that each week, every day brings new growth. You are probably well aware of this growth through the changes you feel in your body. Your nervous system regulates these changes whether physical, hormonal or emotional. As your body grows, a shifting center of gravity and pre-existing imbalances can change your entire experience of pregnancy.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help minimize the typical discomforts associated with this time of transformation as well as facilitate an optimal labor and delivery. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe, natural, gentle and effective.

Chiropractic care brings about decreased stress, increased movement, optimized healing time, and allows for a deep connection to the innate mothering wisdom within.

Chiropractors are highly trained to remove interference in the nerve system. Care during pregnancy can not only remove aches and pains caused by your continually changing body, but can also optimize the messages your body is sending to your baby as it rapidly develops. Safe, specific adjustments to your spine and pelvic ligaments and bones can ensure your uterus is aligned, providing ample room for your baby to grow and possibly lead to an easier labor.

“Research shows that correct alignment of the pelvis and spine contributes to a more straightforward labor with less pain and trauma for mother and child, and may significantly reduce labor time.” ~ Well Adjusted Babies, 2nd edition.

Many midwives and OBs note that in actual labor, women who have received regular chiropractic care throughout their pregnancy have less delay and are likely to not suffer from dystocia in the labor process. It is noticeable that they have structurally and physically prepared themselves.

The potential benefits to the mother under regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy include:

  • Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
  • Offers optimal room for baby to move into the best possible position for birth.
  • With proper fetal positioning there is the potential to decrease dystocia, failure to progress during labor and the resulting birth trauma caused by interventions.
  • By improving maternal function, we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.

Whether you are trying to conceive or already pregnant, having a neuro-spinal system that is clear and open creates the optimal environment for a comfortable pregnancy.

WEBSTER TECHNIQUE

In addition to helping with general aches and pains of pregnancy, and making sure your nerve system is healthy, prenatal chiropractors help to get the baby in the optimal position for birth!

In fact, at Vital Family Chiropractic, Dr. Mandy is trained in Webster technique. This is a specific chiropractic technique that helps to optimize the position of the baby and prevent breech presentations.

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that corrects for sacral subluxations tin a women’s pelvis to reduce interference to the nerve system and balance maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint for the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth. Optimal fetal positioning may lead to a safer, easier birth.

Don’t wait for your baby to be in a breech presentation before you have your pelvis checked for imbalances. Chiropractic care is important throughout the course of pregnancy.

Call today to schedule your prenatal chiropractic appointment with Dr. Mandy at (720) 749-6904. Or contact us today!

Testimonial:

“Dr. Mandy treats with a light touch and a light heart and has a wealth of tools in her magical toolbox. I’ve seen her throughout my pregnancy and I plan on seeing her afterwards with baby in tow for treatments as well. She’s played an important role in this grateful mama’s health. I couldn’t have done it without her!” – LC, former bartender/server, current stay at home mom

“I've been seeing Dr. Mandy throughout my pregnancy. I was caught off guard by how painful my hips and back became early on in my second trimester. The pain would wake me up multiple times in the night and I felt crippled as I hobbled around during the day. Dr. Mandy's gentle adjustment techniques have significantly improved my level of comfort - I no longer experience pelvic discomfort and have been sleeping so much better. I am so grateful for the care I have received from her!” -NG, veterinarian


Postpartum Care

After having been endlessly encouraged to care for herself, being dotted on and given special treatment during pregnancy, the mother is often nearly forgotten once the baby is born. This is a time when the woman needs more attention than ever. She continues to have ligamentous laxity, and now adds to it the numerous sustained, awkward postures of motherhood. Breastfeeding for hours a day, carrying or wearing the baby, leaning over to change diapers, bending down to pick up toys, lifting a heavy diaper bag, doing all the extra laundry-the list of postural stresses on mom’s body is endless. And add to it an older child to care for. All of this is handled by a person who is most likely getting less sleep, living on less income and getting less time for self-care than ever before. Now take into consideration the massive hormonal fluctuation and propensity for mild to severe postpartum depression. It can be a recipe for disaster.

Many new moms continue chiropractic care because they need gentle assistance in adapting to how differently they are using their bodies from hours of breastfeeding, sleeping differently, or not sleeping much at all, discomfort or tension in the neck and upper back from looking down and falling in love with your new baby, or baby wearing. As the daily stresses change, your body needs balance and support.

In postpartum care our goal is to assist your body in healing as well as to help you remain comfortable and adaptable to the new stresses of parenthood. We take advantage of the presence of the hormone relaxin and help to correct any underlying bio-mechanical imbalances in the pelvis and spine to create more comfort and to put your body back together. We share tips on sitting, lifting the baby in and out of carriers and cribs, as well as sleeping and baby wearing.

Getting your spine checked at any stage of pregnancy or postpartum will encourage your body’s natural ability to adapt and heal.

We encourage mothers to come in for care as soon as they are able after birth. They are welcome to bring their babies and older children along to their appointments in our office. We are happy to work with the mama on the table as the kids play at our feet, or sometimes ‘help’ us care for her. Restoring balance to a mama’s body, helping her heal from pregnancy and birth, and allowing her to handle the many stresses of parenthood are among the most important things we do. When mama feels better, she can better care for her baby and children, and be more present during that magical babymoon time with her newborn.

Testimonial:

"Dr. Mandy has been a powerful part of my ongoing healing postpartum. Despite having been working very hard on my own to heal (yoga, exercise, acupuncture), before I came to see Dr. Mandy, I was still extraordinarily compromised in my body with debilitating back and hip pain... to the point that I was fearful of my ability to care for my baby. Dr. Mandy took an enormous amount of time during the first meeting to go in-depth and to really get to know my experience. She addresses care from multiple angles and her treatment style reflects this. She listens and responds to each nuance that I may be dealing with on the postpartum roller coaster at every appointment. From the first treatment I experienced an immediate difference, and as a result of ongoing treatments, I am benefitting from noticeable progress in healing. She has helped me understand what can be happening physically, hormonally, physiologically, and mentally as a breastfeeding mother, and she has a substantial athletic background that is a big plus for returning to my own exercise regimen. I am immensely grateful to her and. I have found a comprehensive caring environment and empowerment to truly heal, and support with laser focus on a woman's body during one of the most intense times in her life." - stay at home mom, JB