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An Expectant Parent’s Guide to a More Comfortable Childbirth


  • Author: Felisa Pham, Chiropractor
  • Published: 20th March 2017
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

An Expectant Parent’s Guide to a More Comfortable Childbirth

Written by Dr. Felisa Pham (Chiropractor)  

 

Who would want a health pregnancy and easier childbirth? Me please!!!

There are some factors to consider in maintaining a healthy pregnancy:

-Proper nutrition is essential to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. This includes adequate intake of folic acid, good sources of protein and iron, calcium-rich foods, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

-Drink plenty of pure water to keep the body well hydrated.

-Avoid eating too much sugar and sweets including fruit drinks as they can cause you (and the baby) to gain excessive weight.

-Regular low impact exercise to get your body condition for the changes to your body and posture.

-Research has found that a pregnant woman can help protect the health of her child by avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke alcohol, excessive caffeine (e.g. tea, coffee and cola), unnecessary medication (including over-the-counter remedies), and foods with chemical additives, artificial sweeteners, and artificial ingredients.

-Periodic Chiropractic spinal adjustments and soft tissue care can support and ease you through your pregnancy

Yes, Chiropractic care for pregnant women!

As you gain weight, especially in the abdomen, this exerts a downward, forward pull on the lower spine. This extra weight combined with changes in your gait and center of gravity can set the stage for backache and neck pain. Additionally, as labor approaches, your body secretes a hormone called relaxin, which loosens ligaments. This may exaggerate the effects of an existing spinal or pelvis problem. The positioning of the baby and its movement as well as expansion of the lower part of the ribcage to accommodate your growing baby can also cause discomfort in the ribs and upper portion of the lower back. Additionally, your increasing breast size in preparation for lactation can create upper back misalignment.

Gentle chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue therapy can help with discomfort associated with pregnancy, but it can help with so much more.

According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labor times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labor times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50% in the patients who received adjustments. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. When women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better. As a result, there is significantly less likelihood of back labor (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labor). Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression.

Felisa Pham, a Doctor of Chiropractic at The Clanfield Chiropractic clinic specialised in pregnancy and pre and post natal care and is trained in techniques that address uterine constraint or mal-presentations and will check for misalignment of the pelvic bones, misalignment of the sacrum and vertebrae, and spasm of the ligaments that support the uterus and help hold the pelvis together. With gentle chiropractic adjustment and soft tissue work, she will help to keep your spine free and mobile, this will allow you to move through the changes to body shape and posture more easily and this will enable you to have the pleasant and exciting experience that it to be!

 

Call today to make an appointment for a consultation and examination with a chiropractor.

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