The Secret to a Healthier, Safer Pregnancy That Many Women Don’t Know About
The following is a post from Contributing Writer, Dr. Kristin Marchman. Dr. Marchman is a Licensed Chiropractor at Vickery Chiropractic in Cumming, GA.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve recently looked around and spotted a lot of pregnant women. Either it’s that time of the year or it’s the fact that I’m pregnant and my belly makes me notice every other woman with a pregnant belly that I pass. Regardless, there are a lot of us out there, so I feel it is only fair to reveal my biggest secret to help pregnant moms-to-be achieve the healthiest, safest pregnancy possible.
The secret is receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Many women I see in my office didn’t even realize they could see a chiropractor while pregnant until a friend or family member told them. And still others simply don’t know the benefits f chiropractic care during pregnancy. You’re probably assuming this recommendation is due to the lovely aches and pains we women endure throughout our pregnancies. Yes and no. Lower back pain, sciatica, and headaches are all conditions that benefit greatly from chiropractic care, whether a person is pregnant or not. However, there’s more benefit than that for all of us pregnant moms out there.
Chiropractic care aligns the spine, pelvis, and hips in order to prepare the body for labor. Would you ever run a marathon without making sure your body is ready? Of course not. So, why would you try to have a baby without making sure your body is prepared?
We as women are blessed with bodies that are designed for childbirth. We don’t have to push a special “I’m pregnant” button when the time comes. Our hips begin to expand on their own, making way for the little miracle that is growing within us. In a perfect world, we would stay in proper alignment throughout the entire nine months. However, due to repetitive motions, sleeping patterns, and the expansion that is occurring naturally to prepare for a baby, misalignments occur that put our bodies into a position that is often not optimal for childbirth.
Pelvic and sacral misalignments can cause major disruption in the body of a pregnant woman. If the baby has limited space within the womb, he or she may not be able to get into the proper position for delivery. This often inhibits the mom’s ability to have a non-invasive, natural birth.
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby, and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.
Chiropractors can choose to take a course to become certified in the Webster Technique, which was one of the first things on my “to do list” after graduating from chiropractic school. You can find the Webster Certified chiropractor nearest you by searching here.
I am not the only one endorsing chriropractic care for pregnant women. The American Pregnancy Association lists the following benefits for chiropractic care during pregnancy based on scientific research:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
There it is, my secret to a safer, healthier pregnancy, from one pregnant mom-to-be to another!
Connect with Dr. Marchman:
Dr. Marchman is dedicated to providing optimal health to her patients through chiropractic care. She is certified in the Webster Technique for pregnant women, a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. While Dr. Marchman specializes in pregnant women, children, and athletes, she welcomes patients of all ages and from all walks of life.
Connect with Dr. Marchman online: Website | Facebook | Phone: 678.947.4449
To learn more about Dr. Marchman and other contributing writers, click here.