Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond

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A Chiropractic Pregnancy

When it comes to pregnancy and birth, the most ideal experience is a natural and complication-free birth, one that is peaceful, joyful and safe for all mother and baby. High quality chiropractic care can help achieve this objective.

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Every pregnant mother wants to have a healthy, safe and natural pregnancy. A birthing mother who is deeply connected to her own body, who looks deep within herself, trusting her own body to do what it is hardwired to do, is much more likely to experience a natural birth process than someone who is fearful. Unfortunately, fear can become a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ because the brain responds to fearful emotions by releasing hormones throughout the body that can slow labour and dilation.
 
When it comes to pregnancy and birth, the most ideal experience is a natural and complication-free birth, one that is peaceful, joyful and safe for all mother and baby. Naturally, this is what every pregnant mother wants. So why doesn’t it happen more often? 
 
One of primary causes is something called dystocia, which is defined as abnormal progress in birth. Dystocia often results in a chain reaction of medical interventions that are theoretically designed to help the labour proceed. However, these interventions often inadvertently add increased layers of complexity and stress to the birth process, causing the labour to be less and less natural. 
 
While it is difficult to identify exactly what causes dystocia, there are three main reasons why the birth process can fail to progress, which often leads to medical intervention. Broadly speaking, dystocia is caused by a combination of physical, emotional  and medical/technical causes. 
 
While mothers have been birthing naturally for millennia, one of the greatest challenges in the West is restoring an innate trust in a woman’s ability to birth in a natural way. Many social and medical pressures can insidiously increase fear and anxiety around the birthing process. But pregnancy isn’t an illness or a disease, so we believe that it shouldn’t be treated like one. To do so only adds emotional stress and strain to bodies and minds that should be peaceful, joyful and well connected to their world, their friends, their family, their baby and their own body. 
 
A natural birth without excessive stress or complications is always preferable to a birth that involves interventions of any kind, because all human interventions inevitably disrupt the body’s expression of inborn intelligence. In a paradigm shift that emphasises inner trust in the body’s innate birthing potential, many women are learning to again trust their body’s natural instincts. Many couples today are taking a stand against the controlling and fear-inducing methods that have become so common in Western societies and are instead seeking out professionals who will support their decision to birth naturally.
 
In order to maximise the natural birthing instincts and support the development of a healthy, vibrant baby, it is important to understand that the mother’s body has certain genetic requirements for optimal health expression. Providing the body with the ingredients that are necessary for healthy function, means a natural birth is more likely. After all, a healthy mother is far more likely to have a vital, natural pregnancy and birth than one who says that she wants a great birth but then does nothing to support her body toward the realisation of her goal.

Preparing for Birth 

So what can be done during pregnancy to best prepare the mother’s body for a naturally healthy birth? What does the body require in order to function at its highest potential, giving you the greatest chance of a wonderfully natural pregnancy and birth? Research across a multitude of scientific disciplines such as physiology, anatomy, cellular biology and the genetic study of our ancient Palaeolithic human ancestors strongly suggests the following essential elements for a naturally healthy, vital pregnancy and birth:

The Value of Chiropractic Care

In our practice, we seek to provide our clients with practical help, knowledge and skills that support the desire to birth naturally and have a great pregnancy.
 
In particular, chiropractic care during pregnancy is vital to assist the normal physiological function of both the mother and baby in pregnancy and birth. For example, chiropractic care helps the mother in pregnancy and birth by: 

 

Chiropractic care also supports vital physiological functions for the infant by: 

Chiropractic Care: Essential to Every Pregnancy 

In summary, there are three main reasons why chiropractic should be a part of every pregnancy:
  1. Chiropractic helps provide structural balance and stability for the mother, resulting in a more comfortable pregnancy. 
  2. Research studies have revealed that pregnant mothers who receive chiropractic care during their pregnancy tend to have a shorter labour with less medical intervention. 
  3. By supporting better function in the mother’s body, chiropractic care during pregnancy can help to create a healthier and more comfortable in-utero environment for the newborn, helping them to get a better start to life. In fact, research suggests that there is a strong link between the baby’s experience in the in utero environment and their lifelong health potential. 
Most chiropractors are equipped to help women have a healthier pregnancy with specific, safe and gentle chiropractic adjustments. Because pre-conception, pregnancy and birth are particular areas of interest and specialisation in our practice, we also seek to equip our pregnant clients with a holistic approach to ensure they give themselves and their babies the best chance at having a healthy and natural birth. We also seek to work supportively and cooperatively alongside your midwife, doula or obstetrician to help ensure that you have a great team around you seeking to help you have the birth experience you desire. Ask your chiropractor, or visit International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to find out how they can support you through your pregnancy. 
 
We believe it is time to reconnect women with their natural birthing instincts and potential. It is important to recreate that sense of inner trust in the healing and birthing power of the body, as well as develop a strong mother-baby bond that lays the foundation for a naturally empowered birth experience. Establishing a supportive and cooperative team, as well as a loving and peaceful home environment are also incredibly important ingredients. By ensuring the body is functioning, adapting and healing at its greatest potential with chiropractic care, women who are (or wish to be) pregnant can support their innate desire for a healthy, vital pregnancy and birth.