Why do mothers get adjustments during pregnancy? There are three trimesters in pregnancy that can be broken down into 4 stages. Each stage must progress without nervous system disturbance  in order to have a comfortable delivery for mom and to deliver a healthy baby. Chiropractic adjustments stimulate brain function by powerfully activating muscle spindles and joint mechanoreceptors (proprioception) which have the greatest sensory input  of all sensory modalities (sight, hearing, smell)  into brain function. the brain and central nervous system controls all bodily function including hormonal changes and fetal development. STAGE 1 Preconception: chiropractic care prior to conception helps regulate menstrual function. It promotes strength and balance to support pregnancy. Stage 2 Pregnancy: regular adjustments during pregnancny maintain flexibility and balance,  help prevent morning sickness, and help position the baby for optimal birthing position. Stage 3 Labor : Mothers under chiropractic care need less high tech and invasive procedures, report shorter less problematic births, and babies that move more easily through the birth canal. Stage 4 Post delivery: The less stress on the mothers nervous system the less stress on the baby’s spine. Breast feeding can be a problem if a baby with a stressed spine cannot turn his head to feed.

Schedule a chiropractic neurology check up for yourself if you are planning pregnancy or are pregnant or if you have a newborn. Relax, the adjustments that babies receive are gentle and different from those that you get.  A baby’s spine doesn’t have the chronic instability and muscle tightness of adults so the energy needed to adjust them is considerably less. Are adjustments safe? YES.

Denver/ Lakewood Chiropractor

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