Becoming a mother is probably the biggest joy for any woman. However, the first weeks after giving birth can be very challenging. You have a helpless newborn child to care for. You are tired and in pain after birth (especially if you chose a natural birth without any aids). Your body still bears the extra weight from pregnancy and the beginning of lactation gives you new worries. However, a chiropractor can help with postpartum care, making this period of your life more serene and free of pain.
What Happens to Your Body During and After Birth?
When labor starts, your body releases a hormone called relaxin. This hormone loses the muscles and joints so that your pelvis can open sufficiently to allow the baby to pass through.
Relaxin continues to be present in your body for up to 5 months, in order to allow your joints to regain their natural position. At the same time, you are now faced with the challenges of holding and breastfeeding a baby. In photos and films, it looks like a natural, simple, and enjoyable mother-baby bonding. It comes with challenges, from pains in your arms and backs to encouraging your baby to latch and suckle.
Together with the hormonal changes during pregnancy, these issues make many mothers feel exhausted and worry that they are not doing a good job of caring for their babies. Fortunately, there is help, both for you and your new baby. An experienced and compassionate chiropractor can help with postpartum care and ease the transition to motherhood.
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What Does Chiropractic Postpartum Care Involve?
Ideally, your joints should realign properly after birth, just as they were before your got pregnant. In reality, as our chiropractors know so well, things do not work so well. Many new mothers are left with misalignments in their pelvic joints and also in their spine.
The spine suffers a lot during pregnancy, as your center of gravity shifts and you change your posture while walking and sitting down. All your internal organs move to create space for the growing baby, and the natural curvature of your spine also becomes more pronounced. As a result, many pregnant women have lower back pain, which may continue even after birth. As part of postpartum care, our chiropractors can identify these misalignments and help you find relief from pain.
Why Is Chiropractic Postpartum Care an Effective Therapy?
New mothers who choose to breastfeed cannot take medication, including painkillers. Even various natural remedies, such as herbal teas, should be taken with precaution because everything you eat and drink is passed to the baby through milk.
Chiropractic care is a 100% non-invasive form of healthcare. Chiropractors also work closely with other healthcare specialists, such as postpartum doulas and lactation consultants, to ensure that you receive the best care. Our mission is to help you embrace motherhood free of pain and discomfort and make the most of the first days and weeks with your newborn child.
Even Babies Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care
Natural birth is not traumatic only for the mother, but also for the baby. Difficult births can leave babies with misalignments in their spine, which can negatively influence their ability to latch and feed naturally.
A chiropractor’s adjustments are gentle enough to be able to bear them on your eyelid. There is absolutely no harm and no pain in bringing your newborn baby to the chiropractor, as part of your own postpartum care. The chiropractor can better understand your interactions with the baby and the challenges you face. Thus, you can enjoy fully personalized therapy, focusing on the types of pains and discomfort you experience, as well as the baby’s challenges in adapting to the strange world they’ve entered.
With her Webster Technique expertise, Dr. Brittney is here to help you live the best possible life! We'll ensure everything's been thought out, from consultation to pregnancy months. In our practice, we love making people happy by living to their goals and being pain-free during all stages - if there is anything at any time throughout this process that can prevent or lessen the discomfort for one of these reasons then let us know so it will be addressed soon enough. Call us now to schedule an initial appointment!