At Queen City Health Center, we see a lot of moms-to-be (as well as their babies after birth.) Dr. Holly is well-versed in chiropractic care for babies and children in Charlotte NC. In fact, the family-centered nature of our practice is often what attracts people to our office and retains them as long-term clients for preventative maintenance and alternative care, months or even years after their initial health problems have been corrected.
One of our longtime patients recently gave birth to a healthy baby boy, so we thought we’d start this month off with a blog post about the benefits of Charlotte chiropractic care during pregnancy! If you’re a pregnant mama, here are seven reasons you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor before your due date approaches:
Reason #1: Overall Comfort
Perhaps the biggest reason to see a Charlotte chiropractor while pregnant is to improve your overall comfort levels, especially in later trimesters. For all of the other reasons listed below, you’re bound to be more comfortable throughout your pregnancy, labor, and birth if you’re getting adjusted regularly. A good chiropractor will put your body into correct alignment and help minimize the symptoms that often cause discomfort to expectant mothers.
Reason #2: Better Sleep
This was the #1 thing that our most recent pregnant patient said improved for her during her third trimester — which also happens to be the period that a lot of mamas report bouts of insomnia. Because your sleep positions are limited (you’re basically supposed to lie on your left side once your belly gets big), it can be hard to get and stay comfortable during the late and early morning hours. Also, you’re likely to get hungry and have to urinate more frequently as the baby grows, which results in more frequent night wakings. Chiropractic adjustments can help regulate the hormones that affect your sleep cycles, so that even if you do wake up, you’re able to fall back to sleep and sleep better.
Reason #3: Immune Function
It’s well known that a pregnant woman’s immune system operates at a lower capacity than that of a non-pregnant woman, no matter how healthy her lifestyle. Chiropractic care helps with so much more than back pain. A good, holistic Charlotte chiropractor like Dr. Holly can attest to having helped hundreds of people improve their immune system function long-term. Staying healthy while you’re growing a baby should be a top priority.
Reason #4: Improved Digestion
Constpation. It’s another one of those dreaded pregnancy symptoms that so many women experience. And it seems like no matter how much extra fiber and green leafy vegetables you eat, you just can’t seem to kick it, right? Have no fear — your Charlotte Chiropractor is here! Believe it or not, getting your spine into proper alignment can have a big effect on your body’s ability to excrete waste.
Reason #5: Baby’s Position
If your baby is breech, a chiropractor can apply the Webster technique during your regular adjustments to get him into the proper position for labor and birth. Doing so will ensure the whole process is faster and easier for both mama and her little, which brings us to reason #6…
Reason #6: Faster Labor & Birth
Did you know that chiropractic care is said to take as many as 12 hours off of a woman’s labor? That was enough for our most recent pregnant mama to seek us out during her third trimester when she was pregnant with her first child, and enough to make her stick around and keep receiving care during her second pregnancy as well. She has since given birth to two healthy babies (drug-free and intervention-free) in the comfort of her own home and believes a large part of the ease was due to the weekly adjustments she received throughout both pregnancies.
Reason #7: Milk Supply
Charlotte chiropractic adjustments can help reduce stress (something every new mama experiences, especially in the first few weeks after giving birth). Increased stress can have a huge effect on when and how well a new mom’s milk comes in, and if not properly addressed, can negatively impact breastfeeding, both short- and long-term. Our most recent pregnant mama experienced a lot of stress, and as a result, had very low milk supply during her first 7 days postpartum. She had to get breastmilk from a donor just to feed her baby. As soon as she went in for an adjustment, voila! Her milk came in the very next day, and she successfully breastfed her first child for almost two years.
Are you a pregnant woman living in Charlotte, NC?
As we’ve demonstrated in this post, Charlotte chiropractic care can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy, a faster and easier labor, and a natural, intervention-free birth! Call our office at 980.422.2000 to learn more and to schedule a no-obligation consultation with Dr. Holly.