This week I am excited to share a guest blog post with you. Dr. Kim Nguyen is owner and pregnancy and pediatric chiropractor at Aligned Family Chiropractic in Tomball, TX. Below she shares her top 3 reasons to see a chiropractor during pregnancy.
A lot of people think that you only see a Chiropractor because of neck or back pain, but that’s a big misconception! As a Chiropractor, we work with your nervous system, your brain body connection. Chiropractors check for any subluxations (misalignments that cause interference to your nervous system) that prevent you from functioning at 100%. Health is not about being pain free, but rather how well you are functioning. You live your life through the nervous system, wouldn’t you want it functioning at 100%, especially during pregnancy? During pregnancy not only is your body undergoing many changes, it is doing the important work of supporting your growing baby! The healthier your nervous system, the better your body will be able to adapt to the changes of pregnancy. Here are the top 3 reasons you should see a Webster Certified Chiropractor during pregnancy.
Reason #1-Webster Technique
The term Webster technique is mentioned a lot during pregnancy especially when baby is mal-positioned in utero. As Chiropractors we do not “turn” babies with the Webster technique. The Webster technique can actually be performed on anyone with a pelvic imbalance! Dr. Jeanne Ohm states that “The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction”. Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the Webster Technique, noted that “the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning” in pregnant women. So in correcting sacral and SI joint dysfunction with an adjustment, it creates the optimal space for baby to position itself in the best possible position for birth. Also, the more room baby has to move in utero, baby is getting great brain development! Having optimal pelvic and sacral alignment also helps with a smoother labor and birth for mom and baby. Research shows that moms under chiropractic care have shorter labor times! Getting checked frequently throughout pregnancy ensures proper nervous system function, which has many overall health benefits for mom and baby!
Reason #2-Uterus is a muscle!
Your uterus is a muscle that expands exponentially during pregnancy. According to the American Pregnancy Association the uterus goes from about the size of an orange to the size of a watermelon by the third trimester! Going back to your body is controlled by your nervous system; your uterus is supplied by the nerves in the lumbar (low back) and sacrum. It’s vital that the nerve supply to the uterus is flowing without any interference so it can contract and relax when it’s time! Contractions are called contractions for a reason. The uterus is contracting as it should to push baby out along with other factors. If there is interference to the nerves that supply the uterus, the uterus will not be functioning at 100% as it should. Who wants to be in labor and have their uterus tire out before baby gets here and other interventions are being introduced? Not this gal, and I can’t imagine any other woman wanting that either. Failure to progress is one of the leading causes of a Caesarian section. The uterus is attached to the pelvis by ligaments so when the pelvis is misaligned, it can cause tension and torsion to the uterus as well. Getting checked is a preventative measure that can benefit all pregnant women
Reason #3-Get more SLEEP!
Number one reason pregnant women can’t sleep during pregnancy is that they can’t get comfortable or something hurts. Millions of regular pillows and the newest S shaped pregnancy pillow fad later and we still can’t sleep. It’s bad enough that baby is already on our bladder and we’re getting up 5 times a night to pee, now we can’t even get comfortable. I couldn’t imagine not getting adjusted throughout my pregnancy just because it helped with being able to sleep more comfortably so much. It’s true as our bodies change and our abdomen grows during pregnancy its harder to get into comfortable sleeping positions. With chiropractic care, we can reduce any undue stress on the nervous system that may be interfering with sleep. Correcting structural imbalances will help to reduce the typical pregnancy aches and pains. Getting adjusted also helps to calm the nervous system to get you quality sleep and give you the proper energy during the day. With everyone moving so fast paced these days our nervous system has become wired to be more on the go. Basically stuck on the gas pedal what we call sympathetic over drive. When we get adjusted it tells the sympathetic part of our nervous system to calm down by activating our “brake pedal” or parasympathetic system. Restoring this proper balance helps our body to adapt to stress a lot better (such as the changes that come with pregnancy) and we can get quality sleep even with a belly the size of a watermelon on us!
Hopefully you learned something new about the benefits of Chiropractic care for pregnancy. If you’re interested in getting checked or finding a Chiropractor near you reach out to us via our website www.alignedfamilychiro.com we would love to help! Thanks for reading and stopping by!
Dr. Kim Nguyen, Webster Certified Chiropractor
Aligned Family Chiropractic is dedicated to providing holistic and the best effective health care for you and your entire family. We strive to educate our patients and our community about the benefits of chiropractic adjustments and making healthy choices. Our office is committed to taking care of the family as a whole, with an emphasis on pediatric and pregnancy chiropractic care. We believe each child and parent should be as healthy as they can be from conception to birth. Health begins before you’re born, let us help guide you in this journey.