Q&A by Dr. April Lundy, D.C., Harmony Chiropractic Center in Roswell, GA
Is it safe to be adjusted while pregnant? Yes! Chiropractic adjustments are specific and gentle. There are chiropractors that specialize in this area and achieve higher learning to better serve mothers. Webster certification is one way and it is through the ICPA- International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. Finding someone with experience and knowledge is key when choosing your Chiropractor during pre and post-natal care. Not all providers are comfortable with adjusting during pregnancy nor do all understand what goes into caring for a mother during this time. Www.icpa4kids.orgwill lead you to a doctor that is in your area.
What can chiropractors help with? Isn’t pain and being uncomfortable a part of the process and normal? Chiropractic can help with many common discomforts. Pain is not considered normal, but more of a signal from the body. A list of common problems that Chiropractic may help are listed below:
-Constant nausea and vomiting -Headaches -Shoulder pain -Wrist pain/carpal tunnel -Rib pain -Round ligament pain -Low back and pelvic pain -Pubic symphysis dysfunction -Sciatica -Numbness and tingling -Posture and gait (the waddle) -Baby positioning (breech, transverse, posterior)
How do adjustments work while pregnant? Chiropractors who see pregnant women have special pillows that allow for the mother to lay face down. There are also adjustments that can be made to the table that allow for the comfort of the mother.
How can Chiropractic help with baby positioning? The baby’s position is crucial to an optimal birth and through the Webster technique Chiropractors can help balance the pelvis, sacrum, and spine to allow for all the surrounding muscles and ligaments to relax, balance, and allow for optimal movement and positioning for baby. Not to mention, the mother is more comfortable when baby is in the best position.
What about post-partum care? How long should I wait? Post-partum care is just as important as prenatal care. Getting your pelvis re-aligned after birth is AMAZING! Also, the changes you start to have in your upper back and neck are intense from holding and feeding the baby. If you have had a vaginal birth without complications, adjustments can be as early as when you leave the hospital. If you have a cesarean, then waiting about 4-6 weeks for a full body adjustment is best.
Why should I get my baby checked? In my opinion, all babies need to be checked. Noticed I said “checked” there – not all babies need an adjustment. But most parents need guidance as to what to look for and when to bring baby in for their first checkup. Deliveries with forceps, caesarean, suction, long labors, and mal positioned babies need to be checked and possibly adjusted in most cases. The most common reasons are torticolis, plagiocephaly, ear infections, colic, reflux, constipation, difficult latching, and traumas. A good resource for more information again is the ICPA. They have many research articles to support adjustments and provide evidence-based research in support of family chiropractic care.
About the Author:
Dr. April Lundy, D.C., Harmony Chiropractic, Roswell, GA