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Pregnancy Chiropractic: Pediatric & Pregnancy

When many people think about chiropractic they do not often think of it associated with pediatric care or pregnancy care. This is very unfortunate as chiropractic can help correct many issues and help prevent or lessen other issues that may arise in both pregnancy and once the child is born and the care moves to a more pediatric style. It is often said that babies don’t have a large amount of trauma to their bodies. I am guessing that this statement was made by people that have never seen a birth or watched a newborn run around and navigate their world. One of the most traumatic, but necessary, things that happen to the upper neck and lower skull is birth. Remember all that force that is on the mother is also on the infants head and neck. This can result in any number of subluxations and muscle spasms and contractions that can lead to a large number of issues like torticollis, muscle weakness, pain, colic, ear infections, and the list goes on. Once the birth is complete you have to remember that the skull has not fused or set in place yet. This can result in a portion of the head being flattened by laying them down. This can be corrected easily with a properly trained chiropractor. Once the child is up and moving around there are going to be lots and lots, and lots and lots of little falls. These falls can start to push the pelvis and the spine out of position just a little bit. These small position changes can easily start to cause problems for baby in health and in function.

Why Pediatric Chiropractic

As for pregnancy it is very important that a person plan not only with nutrition but with chiropractic. A good pediatric chiropractor will be able to work with you and teach you exercises and stretches to decrease pain and make your pregnancy much more enjoyable. The pain in the hips, low back, pelvis, and even that down the leg sciatica style pain can be lessened if not completely alleviated. Continued chiropractic will keep the pain and problems at bay and can also help greatly with the birthing process. If you have any questions please call the office for a free consultation at 214-446-5300.

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Preparing for Pregnancy

  • Pregnancy is the most critical time in a person’s life it can determine the health of their entire life.
  • Every problem normally associated with pregnancy and birth can be lessened or alleviated with proper planning.
  • Just because you don’t feel that bad does not mean you’re ready to properly care for a developing baby.

Pregnancy is one of the most overlooked times in the lives of both the mother to be and the child.  It is critical that the mother’s body be ready for the new life that is going to be grown inside.  It is however much more critical that the mother’s body be prepared to give everything that the growing child will need to ensure proper and healthy development.  It is very important to start preparing your body for pregnancy before you become pregnant, however, we can help if you are already pregnant.

Common Misconceptions

There are a lot of misconceptions about nutritionally prepping the body and nutritional needs for pregnancy.  One of the things that are often said, after someone has been pregnant for a week or two, is to get lots of B vitamins especially folate.  I am sorry, but it is too late to start stocking up on folate.  Folate is used to help form the neural tube.  The neural tube is what will become the brain and the spinal cord.  Another of the misconceptions about pregnancy is that the energy will go down the moodiness increases and the mood swings are terrible and there is nothing you can do to prevent it.  This is also wrong, your brain, and thus your emotions and mood, are run on the same nutrients that the rest of your body are run on.  If you are low, to begin with then the brain will not function the way it needs to.  If your energy is low, your sleep is erratic, and you are moody beforehand things normally get worse when pregnant, these things need to be addressed prior to becoming pregnant.

Weight gain and weight loss is also a large factor in a pregnancy if your body is prepared then the weight gained will be less of a problem and it will come off easier afterward. As our personal health deteriorates and we become less ready for pregnancy we have more problems with the process even after birth the mother can have issues at levels that would never have been reached with just a little preparation beforehand.  Postpartum depression is a real danger not only to the mother but to the child.  This is a state where after the pregnancy a mother is very depressed and can lead to temporary insanity.  If the body and mind are properly assessed beforehand as well as during pregnancy this extreme problem can be reduced if not completely avoided.  Breastfeeding, while the very best food for a newborn some women have problems producing enough or even producing any after birth.  This is almost always a nutritional issue, and remember if you have any medications or drugs in your system you cannot breastfeed.

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